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Albany officer sentenced in DWI crash case


ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany Police Officer accused of driving drunk and crashing into numerous cars in February has been sentenced.

Max Etienne, 42, of Albany, pleaded guilty to one count of Driving While Intoxicated in Albany County Court Wednesday morning.

He was immediately sentenced to the maximum allowable court fine of $1000, additional court fees of $395, a conditional discharge for one year requiring the successful completion of 60 hours of community service, including up to 30 hours speaking to law enforcement officers, successful completion of a substance abuse treatment program, attendance at a Victim Impact Panel and Drinking Driver Program, revocation of his driver's license for 6 months, installation of an Interlock Ignition Device for 1 year, and restitution to victims who incurred out of pocket expenses due to the crime.

According to prosecutors, Etienne drove his car while intoxicated and crashed in to three parked vehicles in the area of South Main and Hansen Avenues in the City of Albany.  He then left the scene of the crash and later returned to the area, where members of the Albany Police Department observed signs of physical intoxication.  He failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested, then refused to submit to a chemical breath test.

In 2008 Etienne was ticketed for failing to keep right and another for leaving the scene of the crash after he crashed his off-duty vehicle into three parked cars and left the scene.

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