Traffic stop leads to weapons arrest

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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

BETHLEHEM — An Amsterdam man was arrested on numerous weapons charges following a traffic stop on the New York State Thruway, according to state police.

Joseph Harrington, 56, of Amsterdam, was stopped by troopers Nov. 14 at around 6:30 p.m. on the Thruway in Bethlehem for alleged vehicle and traffic violations.

Harrington was intoxicated and driving with a suspended license, state police said.

“During a vehicle inventory, troopers discovered an American Tactical Inc. .223 rifle which had an illegal pistol grip, muzzle break, and expandable butt stock, and a Weatherby bolt action .7mm Remington Magnum rifle,” according to state police.

“Upon further investigation it was determined that Harrington had previously been convicted of a felony, which prohibited him from possessing the firearms,” police added.

Harrington was taken to the state police barracks at Albany, where he allegedly refused to submit to a breath test to determine the alcohol content in his system, state police said. He has a prior DWI conviction within the last 10 years.

Harrington was charged with driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both class E felonies; third-degree criminal possession of an assault weapon, a class D felony; and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon as a convicted felon, a class A misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in Town of Bethlehem Court and remanded to Albany County Jail. Bail was set at $5,000 cash or $7,500 bond. A preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.

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