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Police say drunk ATV driver injured teen and fled


KINDERHOOK—An alleged drunk driver of an all-terrain-vehicle caused serious injury to a pedestrian April 22 at 8:30 p.m.

A State Police investigation revealed that the operator, Trevor Zolner, 22, address unavailable, was operating a 2002 Honda ATV heading north on the Concourse when he struck a 16-year-old pedestrian who was walking on the east edge of the roadway with a friend.

The Valatie Rescue Squad took the injured pedestrian to the Albany Medical Center, where she was treated for a concussion, severely fractured right leg, kidney and liver injuries, as well as, multiple pelvic fractures. Her friend was able to get out of the way and was not hurt.

Mr. Zolner fled the scene and was found by troopers a short time later.

The squad also took Mr. Zolner to the medical center, where he was treated for a fractured sternum and lacerations to his nose, face, both hands and both elbows.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious personal injury and multiple vehicle and traffic law violations. A 19-year-old passenger on the ATV, declined medical assistance, but complained of pain to her knee and had cuts on her left hand.

New Lebanon

A West Lebanon teen was arrested for a second time in a week by State Police in New Lebanon.

Kenneth Ducharme, 17, of West Lebanon was charged with third degree criminal mischief, April 23 following an investigation into damage at Shatford Park.

Police report that Kenneth allegedly drove his vehicle onto the lawn at the park causing more than $1,000 worth of damage on March 6. He was issued a ticket to appear in New Lebanon Court on April 25.

Friday night, April 26 troopers initiated a traffic stop on State Route 20 just west of Gail Hill Road on a vehicle with an inoperable tail lamp. As Trooper Jackson got out of his marked patrol vehicle unit and approached the vehicle to interview the operator, the vehicle he had stopped rolled backwards and struck the bumper of the State Police vehicle. No injuries were reported and neither vehicle sustained any damage. The operator, Kenneth M. Ducharme was found to be impaired and charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol, unlawful possession of marijuana and other vehicle and traffic law infractions. Kenneth provided a positive breath sample revealing a blood alcohol content of .07%. He was released with tickets returnable in New Lebanon Court May 2.

*Collien Atchinson, 44, of Rensselaer was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration by troopers from New Lebanon April 27 at 8:50 p.m.

State Police responded to a dispute between numerous people in a parking lot off of Route 20. While troopers were interviewing Ms. Atchinson, she allegedly began to kick a vehicle and scream profanities. When troopers tried to handcuff her, Ms. Atchinson allegedly physically resisted arrest. She was taken to the New Lebanon barracks where she allegedly remained aggressive and obstructed the troopers’ administrative functions. Ms. Atchinson was issued appearance tickets to return to New Lebanon Court May 2.


Christopher E. Vanterpool, Jr., 28, of Hudson was charged with second degree burglary (illegal entry with criminal intent) and fourth degree grand larceny (value greater than $1,000) by Hudson Police Officer Kevin Sweet at 69 South Front Street, April 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Mr. Vanterpool allegedly stole a computer during a November 2012 burglary. He was held for arraignment.

*Edwin John Mowris, 41, of Hudson was charged on an active arrest warrant for failure to pay a fine by Hudson Police Officer Dean Rowe at 29 Eighth Street, Hudson, April 25 at 12:59 p.m.

The warrant was issued in Germantown Court. After his arrest, Mr. Mowris was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance after he was found to possess heroin. He was turned over to Germantown Police and issued a ticket on the drug charge.


The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:

*Christopher Bucceri, 37, of Copake was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and other vehicle and traffic violations by State Police from Livingston, April 27 at 2:30 a.m. Troopers were patrolling the Taconic State Parkway and saw a vehicle that failed to dim its headlights and was parked on the pavement. Troopers approached Mr. Bucceri, who they found to be intoxicated. He submitted to a breath test resulting in a .20% blood alcohol level. He was issued tickets returnable in Claverack Court May 7.

*Thomas J. Powell, Jr., 36, of Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police from Livingston, April 24 at 10:15 p.m. Troopers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that had a headlight out on State Route 9H in Claverack. They detected the odor of alcohol during an interview with the driver and administered field tests which he could not perform. Mr. Powell submitted to a breath test which resulted in a .15% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets returnable in Claverack Court.

*Joshua J. White, 31, of New Lebanon was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police from New Lebanon following a traffic stop early the morning of Saturday, April 27. Troopers saw the White vehicle crossing the centerline divider multiple times while driving eastbound on State Route 20, New Lebanon. Mr. White submitted to a breath test which resulted in a .09% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets returnable in New Lebanon Court, May 9.

To contact Diane Valden email dvalden@columbiapaer.com.



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