Montgomery County

New details in Fort Plain mayor’s DWI arrest in Guilderland

Police: Mayor's blood alcohol content tested at 0.19 percent, nearly two hours after crash
Thomas L. Quackenbush
Thomas L. Quackenbush

GUILDERLAND — Fort Plain Mayor Thomas L. Quackenbush’s blood alcohol content tested more than twice the legal limit nearly two hours after a Dec. 31 crash on Route 20 in Guilderland, police allege in court documents.

Quackenbush also allegedly told police he was going home from work when his vehicle rear-ended another car at approximately 4:51 p.m. near the Pizza Gram, at 2514 Western Ave., police said. 

He also had to be told, twice, to spit out breath mints as police tried to administer a breath test. (He put a second one in his mouth after being told to spit out the first, police said.)

Quackenbush, 55, faces multiple charges, including misdemeanor aggravated driving while intoxicated. He is due to return to court Thursday.

He is represented by attorney Michael Viscosi, records show. Viscosi could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Quackenbush has long served politically in Montgomery County. He has twice served as Fort Plain mayor, most recently elected in 2017. He was elected Minden town supervisor in 2002 and continued in that capacity until his election to the new County Legislature in 2013, serving District 2. He became the body’s inaugural chairman in 2014. He has also served as president of a local Teamsters union. 

Both Quackenbush and the driver of the vehicle he struck suffered minor facial injuries and refused treatment, police said. There were no passengers in either car.

Quackenbush failed multiple sobriety tests, including the walk-and-turn, one-leg stand and reciting the alphabet, the police report reads.

The officer said Quackenbush also smelled of alcohol, according to the report. Quackenbush initially consented to take a breath test, but then refused after the breath test device initially failed. He was arrested and taken to the station, where he eventually submitted to the test after speaking with his lawyer, the report states.

The test showed a 0.19 blood alcohol level. The legal limit to drive is 0.08. The time of the test is listed by police as 6:40 p.m., about 1 hour and 49 minutes after the crash.

In addition to driving while intoxicated, Quackenbush was also charged with refusing to take a breath test.



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