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New York Public Library Chief Arrested on Drunken Driving Charges

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The president of the New York Public Library was arrested on Sunday afternoon on drunken driving charges.

A New York Police Department spokesperson said Anthony Marx reversed his car and sideswiped a parked vehicle on E. 138th St. His blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit — .19 percent — according to the criminal complaint. The complaint also stated that Marx had watery and bloodshot eyes and had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.

He was charged with one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated, two counts of driving while intoxicated and one count of operating a motor vehicle while impaired just after 4:30 P.M., according to the police.

Marx was driving a library-owned 2009 Audi.

"I deeply regret embarrassment caused to my family and to The New York Public Library," Marx said in a statement. "My focus now is on moving forward and assuring that this incident does not detract from the important work and goals shared by all my colleagues."

At his arraignment Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court, Marx pleaded not guilty to the aggravated driving while intoxicated charge. He was released on bail and is due back in court on Dec. 9.

Marx, a New York native who grew up in Inwood and attended the Bronx High School of Science, was the president of Amherst College in Massachusetts before he became the library's president this past July.

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