NORWICH – Chenango County is pursuing felony charges against a man found innocent of related charges earlier this year. Mark Dexter was found not guilty of driving while intoxicated, but a jury convicted him of driving while ability impaired, a lesser charge. District Attorney Joseph McBride is now charging Dexter with bail jumping, a felony.
Dexter’s attorney Jeffrey Leibo said, “This is an absurd case of vindictiveness. Mr. McBride is just mad he didn’t get Mr. Dexter on his DWI felony charge.”
On Aug. 30, 2002 at about 11:30 p.m., in the Town of Greene, Dexter was involved in a tractor trailer accident. Dexter was driving the tractor trailer, carrying precast concrete blocks weighing around 52,000 pounds north to Sherburne from Binghamton. When negotiating a turn, Dexter claimed his brakes locked up and he lost control of his rig. The officer and emergency medical technician at the scene testified that Dexter displayed signs of intoxication. Officer Steven White testified in court that Dexter had failed a field sobriety test. A jury later found Dexter not guilty of driving while intoxicated, but guilty of driving while ability impaired. He is now being charged with bail jumping.