State Police: Intoxicated driver led officers on pursuit

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NEW SCOTLAND -- State Police say an intoxicated driver led troopers on a pursuit that began in Bethlehem and ended in New Scotland.

According to the State Police, at around midnight Saturday, troopers tried to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle operating without headlights, in State Route 140 in Bethlehem.

They say the driver, later identified as Maureen M. McCarthy, failed to comply and led the troopers on a pursuit. Troopers used a tire-deflating device, which made the car incapable of traveling more than 10 miles per hour.

After traveling almost three miles on three flat tires, State Police said, McCarthy stopped her vehicle and was taken into custody just outside Clarksville, on State Route 443.

After troopers found numerous open containers of alcohol in the vehicle and administered standardized field sobriety tests, McCarthy submitted a breath sample at the New Scotland barracks, and was determined to have a BAC of 0.12 percent.

McCarthy was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd degree, a misdemeanor, Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd degree, a misdemeanor, and Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor. She was arraigned in the New Scotland Town Court and remanded to Albany County Jail in lieu of bail.

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