Pearl River man who injured 5 in DWI crash shoplifts on probation, heads back to prison

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The Rockland County man who seriously injured five people in a DWI crash in 2015 is heading back to prison.

Matthew Beckerle, who spent time behind bars after pleading guilty to the DWI crash, was arrested again shortly after starting his probation. The 52-year-old was sentenced today to an indeterminate 1-3 years in state prison for violating his probation.

The Pearl River man admitted he was busted for shoplifting and failed to tell his probation officer. Beckerle says he's recently been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and is now getting the treatment he needs. "I'm an alcoholic bi-polar person. I was having a manic episode and I couldn't find my footing and I ended up stealing sunglasses from Kohl's. Like crazy behavior," admitted Beckerle.

Beckerle seemingly had no problem going to jail. "You got addiction and mental illness so if locking me up and sending me to prison is the best way to handle it. That's why you're the judge."  Judge David Zuckerman had no problem agreeing with Beckerle saying, "You told me you think you'd be better off in jail and I'm happy to help you with that sir."

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