Troopers: Pizza delivery driver in Rensselaer County drove drunk, struck mailbox and fled

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NORTH GREENBUSH – A pizza delivery driver drove drunk, struck a mailbox and fled Saturday afternoon in North Greenbush, state police said.

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Troopers used supplied information to track the driver down at his work, as he returned from completing pizza deliveries – and troopers could smell alcohol on his breath, state police said.

A breath test at the barracks later determined his blood alcohol content to be 0.17 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08, state police said.

Arrested was John B. Smith, 35, of Nassau. He was charged with one count of driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.

The investigation began late Saturday afternoon as troopers received a report of a hit-and-run property damage accident on West Sand Lake Road in North Greenbush, where the driver struck the mailbox and fled, state police said.

A witness provided the vehicle’s information and license plate to state police. Troopers then located Smith at a local restaurant after he returned from deliveries, state police said.

The trooper administered roadside sobriety tests to Smith there and he failed them. Smith was then taken into custody, state police said.

Smith was processed and released to appear in court later.

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