Potsdam man backs into patrol car, charged with drunken driving
Friday, July 27, 2012 - 2:20 pm

POTSDAM – A man who backed into a patrol car after being stopped by police allegedly had a blood alcohol level almost three times the driving-while-intoxicated threshold.

Gary A. Taylor, 52, Forestport, was stopped by police at shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday after Taylor allegedly turned onto Cherry Street from Market Street but failed to use the designated turn lane.

“Officer initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle backed into the patrol car,” the Potsdam police report said.

Taylor was charged with failing to use a designated lane, unsafe backing of a vehicle, first-offense DWI and, with the high level of alcohol in his blood, with aggravated DWI.

A DWI charge applies when a driver has .08 percent blood alcohol. Taylor’s was measured at .22 percent.