GUILDERLAND — The mayor of Fort Plain was drunk when he caused a crash on Route 20 in Guilderland on Monday, according to police.
Thomas L. Quackenbush, 55, of Fort Plain, faces one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and one count of refusing to take a breath test.
Quackenbush was westbound on Western Avenue when he rear-ended another vehicle that was stopped, preparing to turn left into Pizza Gram at 2514 Western Ave., police said.
Both Quackenbush and the other driver suffered minor facial injuries and refused treatment. There were no passengers in either car.
Quackenbush has a long history of political service in Montgomery County, having been elected to various offices, sometimes as a Republican and other times as a Democrat. He has also served as president of the Teamsters union.
He was elected to his first term as Fort Plain mayor, 1997-2001, as a Republican. (He was most recently elected to the mayor’s post in 2017 as a Democrat)
He was elected Minden town supervisor in 2002 as a Republican, and served in that office until the dissolution of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors in 2013. He twice served as chairman of that board — in 2006 and 2011. He ran for New York State Assembly as a Republican against Democrat Angelo Santabarbara in 2012 but was defeated.
He was elected to the Montgomery County Legislature again in 2013, as a Democrat, serving District 2. He was elected by the county Legislature to serve as its inaugural chairman in 2014.
Quackenbush did not respond to requests for an interview on Thursday.
The Guilderland Police Department did not respond to requests for additional information about the accident on Thursday.
Quackenbush was issued tickets and was released to return to court on Jan. 17.
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