JEFFERSON – Troopers responding to a late Friday night crash in Schoharie County found a driver they determined to be drunk and an unregistered, loaded assault rifle, state police said.
Schoen Stocks, 22, of Jefferson, was arrested in the incident and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and other charges, state police said.
Troopers responded to Route 10 in Jefferson just before midnight Friday night for a one-car crash. They arrived to find the vehicle down an embankment and the driver, Schoen, being treated for minor injuries, state police said.
A trooper who interviewed Schoen smelled alcohol coming from his breath and saw signs of impairment, state police said. Schoen then failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. He later provided a breath sample that tested at 0.16 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08.
Further investigation then found Schoen to have in his vehicle two large capacity magazines and the assault rifle, state police said.
He was also charged with two counts of possessing a large capacity ammunition feeding device and possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, misdemeanors.
Schoen was processed and released to appear in court later.