AMSTERDAM- City police said officers were led on a chase through the city after an intoxicated driver took his vehicle through a checkpoint and refused to follow commands by police.
Eric Ballard, 44, was charged with one count each of passing a red traffic signal light, failure to keep right, unreasonable speed, failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving, failure to comply with a lawful order of the police, driving while intoxicated, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an automobile accident, resisting arrest, and second-degree reckless endangerment.
According to Detective Lt. Kurt Conroy, officers were running a checkpoint with a Montgomery County sheriff's deputy and a state trooper when Ballard drove through the checkpoint, ignoring commands to stop.
Conroy said police chased Ballard, who drove through red lights and stop signs. He said officers apprehended Ballard after he drove onto the lawn at 44 Schuyler St.
Police said Ballard resisted arrest, trying to run away from the scene. Police said his blood-alcohol content was 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit.
Ballard was held for arraignment.