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Cops: Drunk Driver Slept Outside Police Academy

| by Michael Allen

Authorities say a drunk man parked his car at the New York State Police Academy in Albany on May 17 and proceeded to lay down on the grass to sleep.

According to state troopers, Patrick French was more than three times the legal limit for driving, reports the Albany Times-Union.

The state police came to the scene after an off-duty trooper said there was a suspicious person in the parking lot.

French was reportedly seen driving his car into the parking lot before he stepped out to snooze.

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According to troopers, the smell of alcohol was on French's breath and he had impaired motor skills.

The 49-year-old man failed to pass field sobriety tests, and a breath test found his blood alcohol content at .28 percent, troopers said. The legal limit is .08 percent.

Authorities subsequently charged French with aggravated driving while intoxicated.

On a more serious note in the tri-state area, police discovered a 22-month-old boy locked inside of a wooden cage in a house in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, on May 17, notes The Associated Press.

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Police also found the caged boy's 1-year-old brother in a playpen, and his day-old sister sitting in a baby seat in the house, which reportedly belongs to 38-year-old Cecil Kutz.

Police arrested Kutz when he returned home and hit him with child endangerment charges.

Kutz was still jailed on May 18, and didn't have a lawyer.

According to police, the mother of the children has been hospitalized due to complications from her daughter's birth.

The kids were placed in the custody of county officials.

Back in New York, Richard Rojas is accused of plowing his car into a crowd in Times Square on May 18 in Manhattan, which resulted in the death of a teenage tourist and injuries to 22 others, reports The Associated Press.

Rojas allegedly hoped the police would kill him.

Unidentified sources told AP that Rojas told the cops: "You were supposed to shoot me! I wanted to kill them."

Rojas, who has two previous arrests for DWI, was not drunk when he allegedly went on his driving rampage, but appeared to be high, according to sources.

Harrison Ramos said that his friend, Rojas, was a veteran who drank to relieve his stress: "He finally came home, and it was hard for him to find a job. He was having a lot of bad nightmares. He was talking crazy. He was acting strange."

“He started drinking to help with his problems," Ramos added. "He didn’t drink before. I saw him about a week ago, and I asked him how’s he doing, and he sounded lost in the world, like he wasn’t with all his five senses.”

 

Sources: Albany Times-Union, The Associated Press via KYW, The Associated Press via New York Post / Photo Credit: Emilian Robert Vicol/Flickr

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