New York Public Library president Anthony Marx was charged with DWI, DUI and operating a motor vehicle while impaired after "he sideswiped a parked vehicle with a... car registered to the library," yesterday afternoon, Metropolis reports. Police say that Anthony Marx had a blood alcohol level of 0.19, which is more than twice the 0.08 legal limit.
Marx, the former president of Amherst College who took over running the NYPL this summer, was driving a 2009 Audi when he hit a parked car while going in reverse on East 138th Street at 4:47 p.m.: "According to the criminal complaint, he had watery, bloodshot eyes and his breath smelled of alcohol." He pleaded not guilty, but told Metropolis, "I’m sorry for any embarrassment to my family and to the library for this incident, and I’m going to leave it at that. I’m sorry."
The library also issued a statement from Marx, who added, "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."