Man accused of driving drunk, hitting bicyclist & fleeing scene

Published: Aug. 7, 2023 at 2:35 PM EDT
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POTSDAM, New York (WWNY) - A 65-year-old Potsdam man is accused of driving drunk, striking a bicyclist, and leaving the scene of the crash.

It happened on Maple Street in the village of Potsdam on Sunday at 6:40 p.m.

Police allege David Beaulieu was drunk when he drove his vehicle into a man on a bike and fled the scene.

According to police, the bicyclist suffered minor injuries.

Officials said Beaulieu was seen running a red light after the incident.

Police said his blood alcohol content was .17 percent. That’s more than twice the legal threshold for driving while intoxicated.

Village police charged him with:

  • Leaving the scene of a personal injury accident
  • Passed red signal
  • Failed to safely pass a bicycle
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving with BAC over .08%

Beaulieu was released to appear in Potsdam Town Court on September 6.