Police: Albany driver's BAC was more than three times the legal limit

Thruway stop leads to felony charges

COLONIE – An Albany man ended up in county jail on felony Driving While Intoxicated charges Wednesday night following a traffic stop on I-87 in the village of Menands, according to a news release from the State Police.

Police said the 54-year-old driver was pulled over for several vehicle and traffic violations and found to be intoxicated and driving with a suspended license. After he was arrested, police said the driver's blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.29 percent, more than three times the 0.08 percent legal limit.

The man has two prior DWI convictions within the last 10 years and is required to operate a vehicle with an ignition interlock device, police said.  As a result, he was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated; both Class D Felonies, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st degree; a Class E Felony, and Operating a Motor Vehicle with no Ignition Interlock Device; a Class A Misdemeanor

The driver was taken to the Albany County Jail and is expected to return to the Village of Menands Court on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 at 10 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.