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Guilderland Archives The Altamont Enterprise, November 4, 2010
By Melissa Hale-Spencer
GUILDERLAND A woman was arrested for drunk driving on Friday, Oct. 29, after heading the wrong way on the Northway ramp near Schoolhouse Road and hitting an oncoming car.
“She was going the wrong way on the ramp and hit the other party head-on,” said Captain Curtis Cox with the Guilderland Police.
Suheidy Rodriguez, 28, of 590 Sixth Ave. in Watervliet, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, improper access of a controlled access highway, and failure to use a designated lane.
She failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a chemical test, said Cox.
“You consent when you get your New York State driver’s license,” said Cox of taking a chemical test, so those who refuse automatically have their licenses suspended, regardless of whether or not they are found guilty. An administrative law judge with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles then determines if the arrest was proper, he said.
Rodriguez was driving a 1999 Acura two-door sedan, Cox said, and she hit a 1996 two-door sedan. A person in that car suffered a minor leg injury.
Officer Patricia Stallman made the arrest, during the hours of a countywide DWI blanket patrol.
Police made 1,214 stops in the blanket patrol, netting 16 drunk driving arrests and four arrests for driving while ability impaired by drugs.
The patrol, which involved 14 agencies, ran from 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, to 5 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.
The 16 officers on duty in Guilderland made 69 stops, resulting in one DWI arrest, of Rodriguez; Guilderland police issued 14 other summonses.
Altamont participated in the patrol, too, with one officer making seven stops and no arrests.