Former state senator accused of drunk driving


Former county executive and state senator Raymond A. Meier was charged with driving while intoxicated on Perimeter Road Saturday evening, according to law enforcement officials.

Police said Meier, 66, of Rome, was driving drunk on Perimeter Road at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Once stopped, police said Meier registered a blood alcohol content of upward of 0.18%, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08%. Police did not release the exact bac figure.

Meier is charged with one count each of driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated, police stated. He was released on appearance tickets for City Court.

Meier served as corporation council for the City of Rome in the early 1980s, before serving as an Oneida County legislator from 1986 to 1991. Meier was then appointed to county executive in 1991 following his predecessor’s resignation, and he was later elected to the position, serving until 1996.

Meier was elected state senator for the 47th district in 1996, where he served until 2006. Meier then ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress in 2008.


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