Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Blogger Makes News!

Andrew Donovan, who until this morning was a featured sports reporter and blogger on the Observer-Dispatch's website, had a busy Saturday night.

A reporter at Utica's Observer-Dispatch newspaper is in trouble with the law, facing charges in two municipalities.

Andrew Donovan, 20, of New Hartford is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, and DWI. Police in Utica say Donovan clipped a parked car early Sunday morning on Varick Street, ripping off a door.

Police say he then took off.

Police in New Hartford arrested Donovan a short time later at his home in New Hartford, then charged him with DWI, saying his blood alcohol level was .19.

Donovan reports on variety of topics at the paper, including news and sports.

When called for comment, Publisher Donna Donovan of the Observer-Dispatch said she had "no comment."

If the facts as stated are true, Mr. Donovan's blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit of .08 in New York state. Since he's only 20 it also doesn't seem much of stretch to assume he was in possession of a fake ID.

Oddly enough, I can't seem to find any coverage of the story on the O-D's website.

Update: You can check out Andrew's blog over here. His banner headline homepage at the O-D is here.

Update: looks like the O-D did cover the story.

A 20-year-old New Hartford man was charged with drunken driving early Sunday following a hit-and-run car accident in Utica, police officials said.

Andrew Donovan was charged with driving while intoxicated by New Hartford police after he pulled into his Silver Birch Court residence around 1:47 a.m. Sunday, police Lt. Timothy O'Neill said Tuesday.

Donovan was also charged with aggravated DWI for having a blood alcohol content level of 0.19 percent following a chemical test of Donovan's breath, O'Neill said.

Donovan is due to appear in New Hartford Town Court on July 22 for those charges.
New Hartford police waited for Donovan at his residence after Utica police reported his vehicle leaving the scene of a two-car accident on Court Street near Varick Street shortly after 1:30 a.m. that night, O'Neill said.

Update: I feel sorry for the poor web guy at WKTV, who happens to also be named "Andrew Donovan". Cutting down on the confusion between the two is probably why WKTV had the story up this morning.