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Doheny admits past BWI arrests

Candidate says he regrets two drinking-and-boating incidents, both in July 2004

August 3, 2010
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

Congressional candidate Matt Doheny was twice charged with boating while intoxicated in July 2004.

Doheny was stopped by the U.S. Coast Guard on July 10 and again on July 24, both times when returning to his private island from Alexandria Bay, according to the Watertown Daily Times.

Doheny was reportedly belligerent the first time, refused a sobriety test and was handcuffed before being released. The second time he was cooperative and registered a blood alcohol content of .096. He ended up paying two fines totaling $2,500.

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Matt Doheny
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Doheny said in a statement that he decided to disclose the incidents because the Times was working on a profile of him, and he decided "in the course of that process" that it was time to share the facts about the two incidents.

"I have been open about my positions on issues as well as the major achievements of my life and career," Doheny said. "I wanted to be open about my missteps, too. The Aug. 3 article is accurate. I will only emphasize again that I deeply regret these incidents, and that nothing of the kind has happened since or will ever happen again."

Doheny spokeswoman Alison Powers said Tuesday that she no longer had copies of the Coast Guard paperwork. A federal Freedom of Information Act request the Enterprise filed with the Coast Guard is pending.

Incumbent Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, has never been arrested, and neither has Doug Hoffman of Saranac Lake, who is vying against Doheny for the Republican nomination, according to their spokesmen.

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Contact Nathan Brown at (518) 891-2600 ext. 26 or nbrown@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.

 
 

 

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