Bethlehem police blotter (Week of Aug. 5)

" Paul Durlacher, 19, of 414 Kenwood Ave., Delmar, was arrested at Bethlehem Town Court on charges of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal mischief " all felonies " and possession of burglary tools, a misdemeanor.

Durlacher was in court for unrelated charges when he was arrested in connection with a burglary investigation at the Delmar Getty, according to the arrest report.

He was recently arrested Thursday, July 9, on Delaware Avenue on charges of DWI, refusal to take a breath test and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

Police said Durlacher was arraigned by Bethlehem Town Justice Ryan Donovan and transported to the Albany County Correctional Facility by the Albany County Sheriff's Department in lieu of a $5,000 cash bail or bond.

" Gerald A. Ackerman, 43, of 24 Malibu Hill, Rensselaer, was arrested Friday, July 24, on Route 9W on charges of aggravated DWI, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.18 percent or greater; DWI; operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.08 percent or greater; leaving the scene of a property-damage auto accident; and speeding.

Bethlehem police said they received a call about a vehicle leaving the roadway of Route 9W, striking a group of mailboxes, and then returning to the road and continuing north.

The driver of a vehicle in the southbound lane witnessed the incident, according to the arrest report, and turned around and followed the vehicle to the Cumberland Farms parking lot on 9W.

The man stayed until police arrived on the scene, and he identified Ackerman as the driver and turned over a set of keys from the vehicle in question, which he secured from Ackerman, the report states.

Police said they could smell "a strong odor of alcohol," while interviewing Ackerman and observed him display signs of intoxication.

Ackerman did not have identification but gave officers his correct name, date of birth and social security number, according to police. He was given a field sobriety test, but could not finish due to a back injury, and tested positive for alcohol before being taken into custody without incident, the report states.

Police said Ackerman was evaluated after admitting to consuming oxycodone because of a recent back surgery and a chemical test revealed a BAC of triple the legal limit of 0.08 percent.


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