A Saratoga man was arrested by Bethlehem police after they received a slew of 911 calls from drivers on Interstate 787 reporting highly erratic driving from a man in a Mustang who was allegedly pointing a silver object at passers-by.
Richard R. Couture, 53, of 30 Saratoga Lake Road, Saratoga Springs, was arrested Sunday, July 19, on Frontage Road in Bethlehem and charged with DWI.
Bethlehem police said they received calls to check Route 9W near Frontage Road for a blue Mustang convertible driving erratically on 787.
One caller told the dispatcher the driver showed "an object that was silver and possibly a gun," according to his arrest report, and there were other reports to 911 of Couture "slowing down, speeding up and cutting off several other vehicles," as well as other witnesses who said they were nearly hit by a blue Mustang.
One caller told dispatchers Couture allegedly "made a gesture with a finger like he was pointing a gun, and he had a silver object in the same hand," the report states.
Police said officers discovered a car matching the description in the parking lot of the Econo Lodge off of 9W, and Couture was found sitting in the driver's seat.
When interviewed about the complaints, he told police he drove on 787 from Cohoes where he had three Heineken beers. He was taken into custody after failing a field-sobriety test and testing positive for alcohol, according to police.
Couture's vehicle was towed after he was transported to the Bethlehem Police Department, where he refused to take a chemical test three times and requested to speak to a lawyer, the report states.
Police said he was arraigned by Bethlehem Town Justice Ryan Donovan, who revoked his driver's license "immediately" and set a $750 bail or $1,500 bond.