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NYC Ballet Master Charged With Drunken Driving

DancePeter MartinsNew Year's DayThe New York Times

The head of the New York City Ballet hasbeen charged with driving while intoxicated.

The New York Times and Wall Street Journal say Ballet Master

Peter Martins, 64, was stopped at a DWI checkpoint in Yonkersaround 2 a.m. on New Year's Day.

Westchester police spokesman Kieran O'Leary said Thursday he canonly confirm that a 64-year-old Irvington resident named PeterMartins had been charged with DWI.

He said Martins failed a field sobriety test and refused threetimes to take a breath test. Martins also was issued two traffictickets because his car, a two-door 2005 Bentley, drifted out ofits lane twice while he was in the slow-moving line at thecheckpoint, O'Leary said.

"He hit the curb on one side of the shoulder and was weavingout of the lane on the other side," he said.

Martins is due in Yonkers City Court on the DWI charge on Jan.18. His car was impounded but has since been returned, O'Learysaid.

The ballet master issued a statement through a spokesman, sayingit was a legal matter and he had been advised not to discuss it.

Martins joined the company as a principal dancer in 1970. Heassumed sole directorship in 1989.

The police stop was made on the northbound Saw Mill RiverParkway, a few miles south of Irvington.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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