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Hilltown Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, February 9, 2012

After crash, Watervliet woman charged with DWI in Westerlo

WESTERLO — A woman from Watervliet was arrested for driving while intoxicated last weekend when, police say, she crashed into an electrical pole on County Route 402 in Westerlo.

At about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, Katherine Normile, 30, was going southwest on 402 when she failed to bear left, according to Sargent Jim Sorro of the New York State Police.

Normile “overcorrected, drove off the roadway into an earth embankment, rolled the vehicle once, and then came to rest with an electrical pole,” said Sorro. Normile hurt her right hand, left leg, and left ankle in the crash, he said.

“During the course of his investigation, the trooper suspected she was under the influence,” Sorro went on. “After a field sobriety test, she was placed in custody for DWI.”

Normile possessed “a bit of marijuana,” Sorro said. She was taken to the hospital for her injuries, but was soon released.

Normile was charged with felony-level DWI because she had a previous conviction within 10 years. She was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and driving with a suspended license.

She was arraigned at Westerlo Town Court, and was sent to jail with bail set at $4,000.

The arrest was part of an unannounced Albany County patrol for drunk driving, running from Feb. 3 to 6 to coincide with the Super Bowl.

The patrol netted 21 arrests from 415 traffic stops, according to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

The average blood-alcohol content for the 21 arrests was .15, nearly two times the legal limit of .08. The highest BAC was .28.

—By Zach Simeone

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