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Police: Drunk driver hits pole early Thursday in Schenectady

Police: Drunk driver hits pole early Thursday in Schenectady

The driver fled, but witnesses followed, police said
Police: Drunk driver hits pole early Thursday in Schenectady
Crews fix damage Thursday at Union and McClellan in Schenectady
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

SCHENECTADY -- A Glens Falls drunken motorist slammed into a power pole early Thursday morning on Union Street, closing a block for much of the morning, authorities said.

The driver then fled on foot, but witnesses followed her and helped lead police to her, according to a police report.

The incident happened just before 3 a.m. on Union Street at McClellan Street, when Amber M. Dasaro, 35, drove off the road, onto the sidewalk and hit the pole, police said. Her car came to rest in the middle of the street, according to the police report.

Crews from Verizon were still at the scene midday Thursday fixing the damage. Union Street between McClellan and Brandywine remained closed as they worked.

Desaro allegedly admitted to driving the car and said she fell asleep at the wheel, according to the police report.

She also allegedly admitted to having "some shots" of Hennessey at work prior to the crash. Her blood alcohol content was later determined to be 0.12 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08, police said.

After arresting Dasaro, police found a small envelope in her pants pocket that tested positive for heroin, according to the police report.

Dasaro faces charges of driving while intoxicated and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors. She also faces multiple traffic infractions, including leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

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