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Construction site crash leads to DWI

Bethlehem police arrested an East Berne man on drunken driving charges after he allegedly crashed his pickup into a 12-ton steamroller late on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Bethlehem police arrested an East Berne man on drunken driving charges after he allegedly crashed his pickup into a 12-ton steamroller late on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Tom Heffernan Sr.

— Bethlehem police arrested an East Berne man on drunken driving charges after he allegedly crashed his pickup into a 12-ton steamroller.

Police said Karl Waldenmaier, 41, rammed into the piece of equipment at a construction site at the intersection of Ackerman Avenue and Feura Bush Road at just around midnight between Wednesday, Sept. 14, and Thursday, Sept. 15. He allegedly drove through road closure signs and yellow flashing lights while traveling westbound on Feura Bush.

Waldenmaier was extricated from the vehicle by members of the Delmar and Slingerlands fire departments using the jaws of life and was transported to Albany Medical Center. He allegedly refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. He was charged with DWI.

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