Major Robert E. Patnaude
Troop G Commander
On February 14, 2020, State Police arrested 30-year-old Geoffrey M. Pickering of Queensbury for Obstruction of Governmental Administration 2nd degree (A misdemeanor). Twenty-nine-year-old Katelyn N. Imperato of Queensbury, was also arrested, she was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs (misdemeanor) and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree (A misdemeanor).
Shortly before 7:00 a.m. on Friday, State Police responded to the Stewart’s Shop in Queensbury for a male subject causing a disturbance. Investigation determined that Pickering had entered the store and attempted to purchased cigarettes without identification. When the clerk refused to make the sale, Pickering went behind the register and got in the clerk’s face. He then left the store without paying for items he had taken, but ultimately returned the merchandise. Troopers located Pickering in a vehicle in the parking lot and asked both he and the driver to step out of the car.
While being interviewed, Pickering attempted to walk away, he refused to follow commands and became belligerent. Imperato, who was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, was also interviewed. She showed signs of drug impairment and was administered the Standardized Field Sobriety Test, which she failed.
Both subjects were transported to SP Queensbury for processing. Imperato was observed by a Drug Recognition Expert and was also found to be in possession of a quantity of clonazepam. Pickering and Imperato were each issued an appearance ticket for Queensbury Town Court on February 24, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.