SARATOGA SPRINGS — A Saratoga Springs man was caught drugging a drink with ecstasy at a bar early Sunday, city police said.
The incident happened just before 1 a.m. at Gaffney's Restaurant. The victim saw the man place something in his drink and did not consume it, police said.
Restaurant employees were alerted by the patron, who said he saw a man later identified as Nicholas T. Lareau, 30, of Saratoga Springs, put a foreign substance in the drink using an eye dropper, police said.
The patron confronted Lareau, whom the patron did not know, and Lareau fled.
Responding officers soon found Lareau leaving a different establishment on Caroline Street. Officers found an eye dropper in Lareau's possession, and tests showed the contents to be MDMA, also known as ecstasy, police said.
"The cooperation of the security staff at Gaffney's, as well as the other establishments on Caroline Street, was instrumental in quickly apprehending Lareau and seizing of pertinent evidence," police said in a prepared statement.
Officers also found loose Xanax pills, a controlled substance, in Lareau's possession when he was arrested, according to police.
The bottle Lareau allegedly used, and its contents, will be sent to the state police laboratory for further analysis.
Lareau was charged with second-degree attempted assault, a felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.
He was arraigned and later released on $2,000 bail.