Charges added in Rotterdam motorcycle crash

John T. Woodbeck Jr.
John T. Woodbeck Jr.

Categories: News, Schenectady County

ROTTERDAM — New charges have been filed against a man accused of driving drunk when his vehicle slammed into a motorcyclist last month, police said.

John T. Woodbeck Jr., 59, of Gidley Road, Esperance, now faces one new count each of felony reckless endangerment and misdemeanor criminal mischief, police said.

Those charges are in addition to charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and reckless driving that were initially filed against Woodbeck related to the crash and a Princetown incident a short time after.

Woodbeck is accused of speeding along Interstate 890 in Rotterdam on April 23, when he struck a motorcycle ridden by Jeffrey M. Burns, police said.

Burns, 45, of Schenectady, was thrown from the motorcycle and, in an interview with The Daily Gazette later, counted himself fortunate to have nothing worse than road rash and sprains.

Debris left at the crash scene on I-890, east of the Campbell Road exit, helped connect the crash to Woodbeck, who was arrested after state police got a call about an SUV parked on Route 7 in Princetown. State police connected that vehicle, a Honda Pilot, matched the report earlier from the I-890 crash.

A breath test measured Woodbeck’s blood alcohol content at 0.25 percent — roughly three times the legal limit for driving while intoxicated, police said.

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