Paul Mahan, son of Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan, was arrested Friday morning for allegedly using a spotlight and bow to try to attract deer.
The New York State Environmental Conservation Police charged Mahan, 37, of Latham, with use of an artificial light and an unsecured crossbow, and use of artificial light on lands within 500 feet of a dwelling.
Guilderland police arrested Mahan early on Dec. 19, and charged him with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and several traffic infractions. Police allegedly observed Mahan’s vehicle shining a spotlight out of the window on Wormer Road in Guilderland.
Supervisor Mahan responded to her son’s arrest in a released statement.
“My son was charged last night with spotlighting. Spotlighting is legal, but it is a violation under ENCON law if you are spotlighting too close to a residence,` she said. `He was not hunting, nor was he charged with hunting. At the time, he was carrying his own medication. Unfortunately, he did not have his prescription with him, which one would think could have been cleared up rather quickly. I am confident that this matter will be successfully resolved.”
Paul Mahan was arrested last year on similar charges. A settlement was made in early December stating he must pay a $1,840 fine for last year’s case.