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17 June 2017
Drunk driver leads police on a pursuit
Captain Robert E. Patnaude
Acting Troop G Commander
     Around midnight on June 17, 2017, State Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for driving without headlights on State Route 140, in the Town of Bethlehem.  The operator, later identified as Maureen M. McCarthy failed to comply and led Troopers on a pursuit that concluded in the Town of New Scotland.  Troopers used a tire deflating device which rendered McCarthy’s vehicle incapable of traveling more than ten miles per hour.  After traveling almost three miles on 3 flat tires, McCarthy stopped her vehicle and was taken into custody on State Route 443, just outside of Clarksville.  Subsequent to numerous open containers of alcohol in the vehicle and standardized field sobriety tests, she submitted a breath sample at SP New Scotland where she was determined to have a .12% blood alcohol concentration. 
     McCarthy was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd degree (misdemeanor), Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd degree (misdemeanor), and Resisting Arrest (misdemeanor).  She was arraigned in the New Scotland Town Court and remanded to Albany County Jail in lieu of bail. 

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