Major Scott D. Field
Troop T Commander
Bethlehem, NY – On November 14, 2022, at approximately 6:30 p.m., State Police stopped a vehicle on I-87 in the town of Bethlehem for multiple vehicle and traffic violations. The driver of the vehicle, Joseph Harrington, 56, of Amsterdam, NY, was found to be intoxicated and had a suspended license. During a vehicle inventory, Troopers discovered an American Tactical Inc .223 rifle which had an illegal pistol grip, muzzle break, and expandable butt stock, and a Weatherby bolt action .7mm Remington Magnum rifle. Upon further investigation it was determined that Harrington had previously been convicted of a felony which prohibited him from possessing the firearms.
Harrington was transported and processed at SP Albany, where he refused to submit to a breath test to determine the alcohol content in his system. Additionally, Harrington has a prior DWI conviction within the last 10 years and was subsequently charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 1st degree; both Class E Felonies, as well as Criminal Possession of an Assault Weapon 3rd degree; a Class D Felony, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree (convicted felon); a Class A Misdemeanor.
Harrington was arraigned before the Town of Bethlehem Court and remanded to Albany County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $7,500 bond with a preliminary hearing set for November 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.