Man Charged After Nearly Running Into Patrol Car

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A Black River man faces several charges after he allegedly drove recklessly in the town of Rutland, forcing cars off the road and nearly striking a police car.

Black River Police Chief Steven Wood reports he tried to stop 45 year old Thomas Riley on South Main Street for driving over 60 in a 30 mile-per-hour zone Sunday when Riley fled up Middleton Road.

Riley went into a ditch and hit several trees. Wood says Riley almost hit his patrol vehicle backing out of the accident scene.

Wood says Riley drove recklessly, forcing two vehicles off the road.

Riley's vehicle was later found in a garage on Odell Road in Copenhagen, with an open container of beer in the front cup holder.

Riley was charged with speeding, failure to comply, reckless driving, first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Police say Riley had a blood alcohol content of .15 percent, nearly twice the .08 percent legal limit. His license had been revoked for a previous drunk driving conviction.

Monday, September 15, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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