A Dover man and Massachusetts fugitive held after felony DWI arrest

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of John P. Ballou, age 59 of Dover Plains, at approximately 6:30 pm on 1/17/24 as the result of a traffic stop.

On the aforesaid date and time Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a vehicle on Route 22 in the Town of Dover, at which time Mr. Ballou was identified as the operator. After further interview and investigation Mr. Ballou was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated (DWI), and during processing, it was discovered that he has previous convictions for DWI and is wanted on an active warrant out of Massachusetts.

At this time Mr. Ballou has been charged with felony DWI and being a fugitive from justice on the warrant. After being processed he was arraigned before the Town of Dover Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail with no bail, pending extradition proceedings in County Court.

As with any criminal case the charges described above are merely accusations and Mr. Ballou is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Author: Harlem Valley News