Man arrested twice in three hours on DWI charges

Courtney Potts

Sheriff’s deputies in Upstate New York got a taste of déjà vu Monday when they arrested the same man twice in less than three hours.

Victor C. Sauerhafer II of Verona, N.Y. was arrested at 1:26 a.m. and charged with driving while intoxicated after he was observed unsafely changing lanes, deputies said. His blood alcohol content at the time was .25 percent, deputies said.

Sauerhafer, 37, was issued tickets and released to a third party after the incident, deputies said.

Deputies later received a 911 call at 4:08 a.m. regarding Sauerhafer’s vehicle, deputies said. He was again pulled over, and a second breathalyzer test found his blood alcohol content was .23 percent, deputies said.

Oneida County Undersheriff M. Peter Paravati said it’s difficult for law enforcement officials to know whether someone was drinking when not in custody.

“It appears here that he consumed a considerable amount more alcohol between the two times,” Paravati said.

Paravati said Sauerhafer is not the first person to have another offense shortly after their release.

“It’s unusual, but it does happen,” he said.