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Jury To Begin Deliberations In Powell DWI Trial

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A jury is expected to begin deliberations Thursday on a DWI charge against State Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV.

On Wednesday, jurors were shown police video of the Harlem Democrat from the night of March 6th, 2008. That's when Powell had been pulled over by a police officer who said he was driving erratically on the West Side Highway.

Officer Donald Schneider said Powell admitted he had done some drinking, reeked of alcohol and had watery, bloodshot eyes.

Schneider testified that because Powell took a roadside breathalyzer test with an insufficient breath and refused to do it again. He was put through sobriety tests at the precinct, where he again refused another breath test.

The officer's testimony was the only evidence presented by either side.

Powell did not take the stand in his defense.

If convicted, he could spend up to a year in jail.

However, since the charge is a misdemeanor, he may not face any jail time at all.

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