Mount Vernon Building Commissioner Charged With DWI After SUV Crash In New Rochelle

This story has been updated.

Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones Photo Credit: New Rochelle Police Department

The Mount Vernon building commissioner was busted for DWI at twice the legal limit after crashing his SUV, police said.

Daniel Jones, 46, a Brooklyn resident, was arrested around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday after New Rochelle Police responded to a report of a crash in the parking lot of the Glen Island Center on Pelham Road, said New Rochelle Police Capt. Cosmo Costa.

Officers found Jones in his 2017 Ford Explorer after he wrecked his vehicle, police said.

No one was injured, Costa said, but Jones' blood-alcohol content registered at more than twice the legal limit at 0.18 percent, and he was driving on a suspended license.

Jones, who only days before had reportedly caused a scene at Mount Vernon City Hall as part of his ongoing feud with Mayor Richard Thomas, was arrested and charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

The Office of the Mayor, in a statement, said: “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 cyber-bullying and harassment directed at him, which resulted in his filing a police report.”

Jones was released on $250 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned today in New Rochelle City Court, Costa said.

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