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Chappaqua Man Charged with DWI After Car Accident

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - New Castle Police arrested a Chappaqua man who they said fled the scene of a car accident on the Route 120 bridge Monday evening.

Witnesses told police that a Subaru driven by Roger Welch, 63, rear-ended a Jeep Wrangler that was stopped at a traffic light at 5:30 p.m., police said.

While attempting to flee the scene, police said Welch drove into a person who had stopped to help. The person was uninjured. Police said they tracked Welch down with the help of a witness, who reportedly followed him in his car.

Welch was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, which was upgraded to a felony due to a prior DWI conviction, police said. He was also charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle because his license was revoked as the result of the previous DWI conviction, said police.

Welch, who lives on Seven Bridges Road, was arraigned at the New Castle Justice Court and sent to Westchester County Jail. Bail was set at $25,000. New Castle Police are waiting for toxicology results from the Westchester County Lab.

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