Local attorney accused of DWI, patronizing prostitute calls charges "lurid, salacious and absolutely false"
Posted at: 08/28/2012 2:47 AM
| Updated at: 08/28/2012 6:33 PM
By: Berkeley Brean | WHEC.com
A Rochester defense attorney accused of DWI and patronizing a prostitute is talking to us tonight and denying the charges. Attorney James Doyle was arrested early Monday morning at a rest stop on the Thruway.
State Police say they arrested him after getting reports that his car was swerving on the Thruway. The arrest reports say a woman in the car with Doyle told police he paid her for sex.
"These are lurid, salacious and absolutely false allegations," Doyle told us in a one on one interview Tuesday.
Doyle showed us the Thruway toll ticket that he says refutes the allegation he was driving the wrong way on the Thruway. But that's not what he's charged with.
The DWI charge
State Police say they found Doyle at the Pembroke rest stop "slumped over the steering wheel passed out." The "keys were in the ignition" and the "motor was running."
Doyle admits that's where he was, "where you're supposed to be able to park your car if you need to rest, which is exactly what I wanted to do and exactly what I did."
But the police reports say Doyle failed the common field sobriety tests including the eye test, the walk and turn, the one leg stand and the alphabet test.
he's charged with DWI.
The prostitution charge
And then there's the part of the girl in the car. Her name is Alicia Guastaferro.
A couple of years ago, she was a beauty queen on the reality show "Wife Swap" then sued ABC for a $100 million for the way she was portrayed.
But Monday morning her family confirms she was in Doyle's car and the reports show she told police that doyle gives her "500 to 700 to spend the night."
"For sexual favors" the police asked.
"Ya," she said. "We have have sex. 500 to 700 dollars he gives me."
"The young lady in the car, says that you've had a relationship where you would pay her for sex," I asked.
"That is absolutely false. Out of respect for her and her family, I'm not going to make any comments about her. She doesn't deserve to be wrapped up in this, but I can tell you those allegations are false," Doyle said.
Doyle insists the charges and allegations are all wrong.
"Just essentially wrong, factually and morally wrong with what is being said and these allegations are harmful and I wanted to set the record straight," he said.
Doyle was arraigned Monday and released without bail. The woman -- Alicia Guastaferro -- suffered a seizure after the arrest. She's been released from the hospital.
She is charged with criminal impersonation (police say she gave them a fake I.D.), criminal possession of a controlled substance (police found her with Paxil and valium) and prostitution.
To watch the raw interview with him, click here.