A driver handed over a $1 bill and bank card when a state trooper asked for his proof of insurance and registration, state police said.
He soon fled the traffic stop, and parked his car in the middle of the road before getting out and quickly being taken into custody on drunken driving and other charges, police said.
He then refused field sobriety tests, police said, telling troopers “he would fail them because he was drunk,” according to a state police news release.
Joseph D. Lungreen, 56, of Crawford Road, Rotterdam, faces one count each of driving while intoxicated and obstructing governmental administration, misdemeanors. He also faces a traffic infraction of failing to comply with a lawful order.
State police say they pulled Lungreen over on Interstate 890 on March 3 because his registration had been suspended for a December insurance lapse.
When troopers interviewed him, he appeared disoriented, had poor motor coordination and slurred his speech, police said.
He also provided the dollar bill and bank card when asked for his insurance and registration documents, police said.
While police verified his information, Lungreen drove off, exiting at Exit 2. He soon parked in the road and police arrested him.
After refusing sobriety tests, Lungreen proved his point, police said, by taking a breath test. The test showed his blood alcohol content at 0.14. Lungreen was arraigned and ordered held on $2,500 bail.