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Attorney Charged with DWI Speaks Out

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State Police arrested Rochester-area attorney James Doyle and charged him with DWI and patronizing a prostitute.

State Police say they received numerous calls about an erratic driver on the New York State Thruway near the Clarence service station early Monday morning.

Troopers found the vehicle parked illegally at the Pembroke service area.

Investigators say Doyle was slumped over the steering wheel. Alicia Guastaferro, 20, was also in the car. She told troopers Doyle gave her a fake ID and bought her alcohol. She also told investigators that Doyle pays her to perform sexual acts and spend the night with him.

Police say Doyle refused a field sobriety test and he was charged with driving while intoxicated, patronizing a prostitute, and providing alcohol to a person under 21.

Guastaferro is charged with criminal impersonation, prostitution, and possession of a controlled substance.

Doyle sat down with YNN's Cristina Domingues to tell his side of the story in an effort, he said, to clear his name. Portions of the interview are transcribed below.

Doyle: "I've been accused of allegations that are lurid, salacious and demonstrably false."

Doyle: "I was tired. I wanted to rest and that's exactly what I did. Within 10-15 minutes, there was banging on my window. I was taken out of my car."

Doyle: "I've been accused of having a prostitute with me. The young lady with me is a lady whose family I've known for two years. I've known this young lady for two years. I've been to her home. She's visited my home with her mother and her father."

Domingues: "According to state police, she told troopers you took her out, had dinner and both of you were drinking. And that you paid her for sexual favors. Is that not true?"

Doyle: "That's absolutely false. I've spoken to her mother today. Those are not correct statements."

Doyle: "There was absolutely nothing of a sexual nature with respect to our encounter, whatsoever, at all."

Domingues: "You didn't pay her for any sexual favor?"

Doyle: "Absolutely not."

Domingues: "What were you two doing at the rest stop? They say they found you two slumped over in your seats?"

Doyle: "Nobody was slumped over. We were basically resting. Each of us were tired."

Domingues: "Tired from what? Had you two been out?"

Doyle: "The hour was past midnight. It had been a long day."

Domingues: "You've been accused of DWI. Were you drunk?"

Doyle: "No. I was not drunk. I was a person who was parked in a vehicle at a rest stop, resting."

This is not Doyle's first drinking and driving accusation. Brighton Town Court confirms Doyle was arrested April 3, 2009 for DWI. He was later convicted of DWAI in January of 2011 after a bench trial in Brighton. He was sentenced to a one year conditional discharge that included a 90-day suspension of his driver's license. Doyle did not want to answer any questions about that incident.

Domingues: "This was not your first DWI charge, is it?

Doyle: "I'm not prepared to comment on anything other than the facts of this particular situation. Actually to tell you the truth at this point, I've said more than I've been advised to say."

Doyle also contends he was not driving the wrong way on the Thruway as previously reported. State police say they did receive calls about a driver going the wrong way, but can not confirm that it was Doyle.

Doyle was arraigned in Pembroke Town Court. He's due back in court next month. Troopers say Guastaferro will appear at a later date.

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