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White Plains Search for Nephew Leads to DWI Charge

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A White Plains man searching for his nephew was charged with drunken driving after he stopped to alert officers that his nephew was missing, police said. It turned out the boy was safe at home.

Police say they received a call from a man at 555 N. Broadway saying his nephew was missing around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Officers en route to the caller said they were waved over to a nearby Sunoco Gas Station by Nelson Tusiime, 24, who parked a black Honda Sante Fe near the gas station's exit.

According to police, Tussime had visibly glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol as they listened to him describe his nephew's unknown whereabouts. Tussime allegedly said he dropped off his nephew somewhere and couldn't find him.

When officers asked how Tussime arrived at Sunoco, he reportedly refused to answer the question and repeatedly said, "I respect you officer."

Back at police headquarters, officers got in touch with Tussime's brother who said Tussime's only nephew was at home. According to police, the brother also said Tussime was drinking before he left the house.

After Tussime allegedly ?????didn't give police a conclusive answer when asked if he wanted to take a breathalyzer, police say they concluded that he had driven while drunk. He was arrested and charged with one count of driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.

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