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State Police: Trooper recruit drove drunk in Albany

State Police: Trooper recruit drove drunk in Albany

State Police: Trooper recruit drove drunk in Albany
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ALBANY - State police pulled over an intoxicated driver in Albany early Sunday and soon learned the driver was one of their own trooper recruits, state police said.

The driver, identified as Karli N. Pawlak, 25, of Albany, is now no longer employed by the state police, troopers said.

The incident happened just after 2:30 a.m. when troopers spotted a vehicle speeding on Washington Avenue in Albany, state police said.

Troopers pulled the car over and the driver showed signs of intoxication. She then failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody, state police said.

A breath test administered at the barracks showed her blood alcohol content at 0.14. The legal limit to drive is 0.08.

Troopers also quickly learned of her status as a recruit. There is an ongoing Basic School at the New York State Police Academy in Albany that Pawlak had been a part of. Her arrest ended her involvement with that and the state police, state police said.

Pawlak was released to appear in court later.

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