Hicks gets 1 to 3 years in state prison

GUILDERLAND — Alphonzo Hicks Jr., 58, of Troy, was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated, a felony, in Guilderland, in February, pleaded guilty in March, and was sentenced to one to three years in state prison in Albany County Court yesterday.

Hicks was arrested by the Guilderland Police on Feb. 3, at 3767 Carman Road, for driving while intoxicated, his third offense.

According to the Guilderland Police report, he was observed in the parking lot of Mike’s Diner, with his car running, and, several minutes later, officers received a call that someone was attempting to enter the diner, which was closed. When the officers arrived, they discovered Hicks trying to get into the diner, and noted a strong odor of alcohol.

Hicks was unable to complete field sobriety tests and, according to the report, registered a blood alcohol content of .27.

After Hicks was placed in custody, police found a half-empty bottle of vodka in his car, the report said.

During booking at the police station, Hicks was unable to be photographed due to his intoxicated state, and needed to be repeatedly held up by officers, said a release from the Albany County District Attorney’s office this week.

Hicks pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI on March 19, in front of Judge Peter A. Lynch, and on May 14, Lynch sentenced Hicks to one to three years in state prison, and required the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device for three years following his release, a $1,000 fine, and a minimum of one year of license revocation, the release said.

The case was prosecuted by Vehicular Crimes Bureau Chief Mary Tanner-Richter.

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