After colliding with another vehicle, Tony Arquiett, a New York Democrat, was detained for impaired driving and cocaine possession. Following the incident on Saturday, the St. Lawrence County lawmaker was additionally charged with failing to keep right while driving. While his lawsuit is pending, he will continue in office.
According to his lawyer, Tony Arquiett is the latest Democrat in New York to be arrested on cocaine allegations this year. “While this matter goes through the criminal justice system,” his lawyer added, he “intends to continue helping the citizens of his community.” A month after being charged with cocaine possession, tampering with evidence, and refusal to comply with an officer, Tim Currier resigned as Mayor of Massena, New York.
On Tuesday, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R., NY) called for Arquiett’s resignation. Rep. Stefanik, a House Foreign Affairs Committee member, remarked, “The silence of all North Country Democrats is deafening.” She stated, “Drugs have no place in our community, especially among our elected officials.”
According to St. Regis Mohawk tribal police and Attorney Ed Narrow, the lawmaker was involved in a two-vehicle collision in Franklin County at 10:22 p.m. Saturday. According to Narrow, no significant injuries were sustained by any parties. Tim Currier, Simon Conroy, and Tony Arquiett, all elected Democrats in the North Country, have all been arrested for felony cocaine possession in recent years, according to Stefanik.
Following an accident on December 4, 2021, Tony Arquiett was charged with DWI, cocaine possession, and illegal possession of a controlled drug. He apologized to his 37-year-old wife Wendy and his mother. He stated that he plans to handle any concerns from his arrest thoroughly.