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Hilltown Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, June 30, 2011

Deputy runs off road
After police chase, man arrested for DWI

RENSSELAERVILLE — A Rensselaerville man was arrested at his home Tuesday night after police say he drove drunk and fled from police after being pulled over, resulting in a chase that led to one sheriff’s deputy driving off the road.

Kevin M. Sarkey, 45, was pulled over at about 10 p.m. on Route 353 in Rensselaerville by Deputy Phil White of the Albany County Sheriff’s Department.

“Sarkey was asked to exit his vehicle so field sobriety tests could be administered,” reads a press release from the sheriff’s department. “Mr. Sarkey refused and sped off. Sarkey ditched his vehicle in a nearby gravel pit and then fled the scene on foot.”

White pursued Sarkey into the woods and lost sight of him, so he called for backup.

Deputy James Alverson responded from the New Scotland barracks, and was heading south on Route 85 when he “lost control of the vehicle on the rain-covered roadway and careened off the roadway into a ditch,” the release says.

Alverson was treated on the scene and then brought to Albany Medical Center by Voorheesville Ambulance and the sheriff’s paramedics.  Alverson was treated for neck and back pain, and eventually released.

Sarkey was arrested later on at his home in Rensselaerville, and was charged with: Unlawfully fleeing in a motor vehicle; driving while intoxicated; operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or greater; speeding; failure to stop at a stop sign; failure to keep right; and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Sarkey was arraigned at Rensselaerville Town Court and remanded to the Albany County’s jail, with bail posted at $1,500.

— Zach Simeone


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