Mount Vernon buildings commissioner charged with DWI

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NEW ROCHELLE -

A city official from Mount Vernon has been arrested for alleged drunk driving.

Police say Mount Vernon Buildings Commissioner Daniel Jones was driving drunk on Pelham Road near the Glen Island Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation in New Rochelle Tuesday night.

The 46-year-old allegedly struck a parked car and a tree, then drove on to the sidewalk - almost hitting a nursing home employee.

He was arrested on the scene and charged with DWI.

According to police, his blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit.

In court Wednesday, Jones pleaded not guilty before his license was immediately suspended, and he was given an order of protection against someone at the scene Tuesday night.

The City of Mount Vernon released the following statement after the arrest:

"The City of Mount Vernon takes the reported incident very seriously and is conducting a full investigation into the circumstances. He is receiving the appropriate counseling and care following last night's incident as well as recent incidents of cyberbullying and harassment directed at him, which resulted in his filing a police report."

The statement refers to a feud between Jones and Mount Vernon City Comptroller Deborah Reynolds in which Jones made headlines last week for going on a rant against Reynolds.

He's due back in court on Feb. 6.

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