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Taconic Speeding Stop Leads To DWI, Drug Charges For Carmel Man, 28

Carmel resident James Klett was arrested in Dutchess with more than a pound of marijuana.
Carmel resident James Klett was arrested in Dutchess with more than a pound of marijuana. Photo Credit: New York State Police

A Putnam County man is facing felony drug charges after being stopped on the Taconic Parkway while drinking and driving in East Fishkill with more than a pound of marijuana in his possession, state police said Wednesday.

Carmel resident James Klett was stopped on the Taconic Parkway on Monday, Feb. 27, police said. During the subsequent stop, while speaking with him, troopers said they “observed a strong odor of marijuana and alcohol emanating from the vehicle.”

According to police, troopers proceeded to administer standardized field sobriety tests, which determined the 28-year-old was under the influence at the time of the traffic stop. A further investigation determined that Klett was in possession of concentrated cannabis and nearly 500 grams of marijuana, police said.

A breath sample from Klett determined his blood-alcohol content was .08 percent, police said. He was arrested at the scene and charged with a felony count of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated.

Klett was arraigned in the town of East Fishkill Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He is due back in court on Friday, March 3.

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