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Police: Halloween night drunken driver hits, injures Gloversville officer

The officer was treated and released from the hospital
Bobbi C. Trudel
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Bobbi C. Trudel

GLOVERSVILLE – A drunken driver struck and injured a Gloversville police bicycle officer out helping with the Halloween Wednesday night, police said.

The officer, who wasn’t immediately identified, suffered what police described as minor physical injuries. He was treated and released from Nathan Littauer Hospital.

Police identified the driver as Bobbi C. Trudel, 63, of 106 Bleecker St. She faces one count of first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony, as well as aggravated driving while intoxicated and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

The incident happened Wednesday evening at about 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of Church Street and N. Arlington Avenue, police said.

She is accused of driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08, according to police allegations filed in court.

The reckless endangerment count accused her of driving in that intoxicated condition “during Halloween night, within proximity to a large gathering of children” and then striking the officer in the intersection, according to the allegations.

Responding officers tended to the injured officer and called for an ambulance. They also spoke with the driver, Trudel. Trudel, police said, showed signs of intoxication, soon failed sobriety tests and was arrested.

The criminal mischief count, a misdemeanor, relates to damage caused to the officer’s bicycle. Trudel also faces traffic citations.

Trudel was arraigned and ordered held on $15,000 bail.

Trudel is the second person accused of striking and injuring a Gloversville police officer this year. Robert F. Bulger, 71, of Gloversville, was arrested in April and charged with striking patrolman Michael Quattrocchi and fled the scene, police said at the time. Quattrocchi suffered a bruise and pain.

Bulger has since pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor reckless endangerment and is to be sentenced later this month, court records show.

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