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Troopers: Oil trail from Rotterdam to Schenectady leads to drunken driver

Troopers: Oil trail from Rotterdam to Schenectady leads to drunken driver

State police follow the drips to Schenectady home where officers find damaged vehicle, slurred speech
Troopers: Oil trail from Rotterdam to Schenectady leads to drunken driver
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ROTTERDAM -- State police followed a trail of oil from an apparent Interstate 890 car accident to a Schenectady man's home where he was charged with drunken driving.

The arrest investigation began after troopers from the Princetown barracks responded Wednesday to a report of a possible car accident on I-890. The investigating officers observed obvious signs of an accident including an oil leak on the roadway, state police said.

Officers followed the oil leak, which led to a residence on Wilson Street in Schenectady, according to a state police release.

In the driveway of the residence they located a vehicle with recent damage, state police said. Resident Michael J. Mercier Jr. was interviewed by officers. State police said Mercier admitted to operating the vehicle and being involved in the accident.

"As troopers interviewed Mercier they observed signs of intoxication," according to the release.

Standardized field sobriety tests were conducted, state police said, and Mercier was ultimately arrested for driving while intoxicated.

By the time officers administered a breathalyzer test, Mercier's blood alcohol content registered 0.1 percent, state police said. State statute defines driving while intoxicated as having a BAC of 0.08 percent or greater.

Mercier is scheduled to return to Rotterdam Town Court at 4 p.m. on Nov. 5. 

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