Fulton County

Troopers: Checkpoint catches drugged driver with two kids in car

Two drunk drivers also caught, troopers say
Crowl (top left), Kelly (top right), Ruchel (bottom left), Celeste (bottom right)
Crowl (top left), Kelly (top right), Ruchel (bottom left), Celeste (bottom right)

BROADALBIN — A weekend state police sobriety checkpoint netted three intoxicated drivers, including one with two children in his car, state police said.

State police from Cobleskill, Fonda, Princetown and Latham conducted the checkpoint Saturday night in the town of Broadalbin, police said.

Jonathan Crowl, 28, of Amsterdam, was charged with aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle, driving while ability impaired by drugs, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.

Crowl had two toddlers in his car at the time, police said. A state police drug recognition expert determined Crowl was impaired by drugs, police said. 

State police also charged two others in separate stops. Michael Kelly, 25, of Amsterdam and Barbara Ruchel, 49, of Mechanicville, both face one count of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

Kelly is accused of driving with a blood alcohol content of .11 and Ruchel with a blood alcohol content of .09. They are to appear in court later.

State police also stopped and charged Fay Celeste, 33, of Boylston, Mass., with one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. She is accused of possessing 55 grams of marijuana.

State police also charged another man with violation marijuana possession and met several designated drivers giving safe rides to those who had been drinking, police said.

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