Bedford Town Justice Erik Jacobsen, who was arrested for DWI in Mount Kisco last year, has been sentenced in Rye City Court to a one-year conditional discharge. The sentence, imposed by Judge Joseph L. Latwin, calls for Mr. Jacobsen to continue in treatment, have his license revoked, and maintain an ignition interlock device on vehicles in his name for one year.
According to spokesperson Helen Jonsen of the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, an ignition interlock device works by requiring a driver to blow into a mouthpiece to test their breath alcohol concentration before they can start a vehicle. If the device detects a breath alcohol concentration greater than a level determined by the monitoring authority, it prevents the engine from being started. Given that Mr. Jacobsen has had his license revoked, any attempt by him to start a vehicle would in itself be a violation of his sentencing requirements.
Mr. Jacobsen had entered a plea of guilty to DWI first offense, a misdemeanor, on Aug. 25. The case had been moved to Rye City Court from Mount Kisco and was then delayed because of the coronavirus shutdown.
On April 22, 2019, Mr. Jacobsen was pulled over by Westchester County Police in Mount Kisco after they received reports that a Mercedes-Benz was driving erratically on the Saw Mill River Parkway. After the car left the parkway at Exit 27, police followed and observed the driver continuing to commit several violations along Route 133 and local roads. Though officers could smell alcohol on his breath, Mr. Jacobsen denied having anything to drink, did not provide his registration, and refused to get out of the car after officers repeatedly requested that he do so.
In patrol car video posted to YouTube, Mr. Jacobsen can be heard refusing to leave the vehicle, and seen struggling with two officers who attempt to physically remove him. Eventually, after repeated warnings, he is tasered and wrestled to the ground, where he is handcuffed and arrested. After additional police arrive, Mr. Jacobsen continues to curse at the officers, and three of them are required to get him to his feet and into the patrol car.
Mr. Jacobsen remains an employee of the Town of Bedford and listed as a justice on the town website. Lucian Chalfen, a spokesperson for the New York State Unified Court System, told The Record-Review that Mr. Jacobsen “remains suspended from his judicial duties.” He did not provide any further information.