NY man gets 9 months in jail for 3rd OUI — with child in car

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GREAT BARRINGTON — A New York man who was arrested earlier this month on his third drunken driving offense — with a child in the vehicle — has been sentenced to nine months in jail.

Steven F. Jarvis, 49, of Amenia, was sentenced to six months for the OUI offense, and Judge Paul Vrabel added another 90 days for endangering the welfare of a child.

Due to the seriousness of operating a motor vehicle while impaired with a child in the vehicle, state law mandates a 90-day jail sentence in addition to any sentence imposed, according to a court official. The sentence cannot be concurrent.

Jarvis has two previous OUI convictions in New York. He was given credit for eight days served in jail.

Jarvis was stopped at about 3:06 p.m. Sept. 10 in Great Barrington after Officer Samuel G. Stolzer noticed his license plate number matched a bulletin issued about a vehicle that had been involved in a hit-and-run accident in Lee earlier in the day.

Stolzer detected the odor of alcohol in the vehicle, and he noticed a number of car parts in the vehicle consistent with the accident described by Lee Police. An 8-year-old boy and a woman also were in the car.

The woman in the vehicle, who was described in the police report as his ex-wife, admitted to the police that the vehicle had been in an accident. She added that she believed Jarvis was intoxicated.

Stolzer gave him a series of sobriety tests and two breath tests: the first recorded a blood alcohol concentration of 0.11 percent; the second read 0.10. The legal limit in Massachusetts is 0.08.

Jarvis also admitted that he had an open OUI case in New York state, which restricts his driving to school or work. He conceded that his reason for being in the Berkshires was not connected to either condition.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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