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Sweeney loses driver's license until 2011

Sweeney loses driver's license until 2011

Former congressman John E. Sweeney had his driver’s license suspended until March 2011 following an

Former congressman John E. Sweeney had his driver’s license suspended until March 2011 following an administrative hearing Friday by a judge for the state Department of Motor Vehicles, according to the DMV.

The hearing followed Sweeney’s refusal to submit to a breath test in April when state police suspected that he was driving while intoxicated on Route 9 in Clifton Park.

Police arrested him that morning, and he was indicted in August by a Saratoga County grand jury on a charge of felony DWI.

It was the 54-year-old Clifton Park resident’s second arrest for driving while intoxicated in less than two years.

He was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in November 2007, and at that time, his license was suspended but later reinstated.

Sweeney appeared before Administrative Law Judge Gary Lane on Friday seeking reinstatement of his license, which was suspended in April. Lane ruled that Sweeney will be without driving privileges for an additional 18 months.

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III said his office was not involved in the proceedings, as it was not a criminal matter.

He said a trial date has not been set for Sweeney’s felony DWI charge.

Sweeney’s attorney, E. Stewart Jones, said previously that Sweeney completed an out-of-town residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program following his arrest last spring.

Sweeney, a Republican, represented the 20th Congressional District, including Saratoga County and a long stretch of the Hudson Valley, from 1999 until 2007.

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