Halloween drunk driver pleads guilty

Three years probation proposed

Bobbi Trudel, 63, of 106 Bleecker St., pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor, with a proposed sentence of three years of probation and a $1,000 fine with a $395 surcharge in Gloversville City Court on Wednesday for hitting an active duty bicycle officer participating in a law enforcement detail during trick-or-treating hours on Halloween. (The Leader-Herald/Ashley Onyon)

GLOVERSVILLE — The drunk driver who struck a bicycle officer in the city on Halloween accepted a plea agreement in City Court on Wednesday.

Bobbi C. Trudel, 63, of 106 Bleecker St., pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor, before City Court Judge Traci DiMezza with a proposed sentence of three years of probation and a $1,000 fine with a $395 surcharge.

Additionally, Trudel’s driving privileges will be suspended for six months and she will be required to submit to an alcohol evaluation and to attend a victim impact panel and an impaired driving program. She will also be required to install and maintain an ignition interlock device on any vehicles that she owns or has access to for 12 months.

Trudel was originally charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, aggravated driving while intoxicated, fourth-degree criminal mischief and several traffic infractions, including consuming alcohol while in a motor vehicle, by city police on Oct. 31 around 7 p.m. after she struck a bicycle officer at the intersection of Church Street and North Arlington Avenue.

The officer was participating in a law enforcement detail providing services to the city during trick-or-treating hours on Halloween at the time of the accident.

Trudel

The officer was evaluated on the scene by the Ambulance Service of Fulton County before he was transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital where he was treated for minor physical injuries and released.

Trudel remained on the scene following the accident and cooperated with police who had reason to suspect that she was intoxicated and administered a field sobriety test that yielded positive results for driving while intoxicated by alcohol.

Trudel’s attorney, Robert Abdella, presented the proposed disposition on the case that included sentencing recommendations from the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office to DiMezza in City Court on Monday.

DiMezza read the recommended sentence into record, noting for Trudel that pleading guilty to the charges would be the same as being convicted after trial and that she would waive her rights to trial by accepting the plea agreement.

DiMezza ensured Trudel understood the agreement and had no further questions for the court or her attorney before allowing her to enter a plea of guilty.

DiMezza then adjourned Trudel’s sentencing until March 6 to allow the Fulton County Department of Probation to conduct a presentence investigation and make a sentencing recommendation.

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