Drunk driver strikes off-duty officer

Man now facing multiple charges


FULTONVILLE — A Little Falls resident faces several charges following a two-car motor vehicle accident in which an off-duty Montgomery Count sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle was struck by an alleged drunk driver.

Patrick Dahlgren Jr., 35, of 8 King St., Little Falls was charged by Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies on Friday with endangering the welfare of a child, first offense driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent, aggravated DWI with child in vehicle, open container, failure to keep right, failure to stop at stop sign and speed not reasonable and prudent.

According to officials, at approximately 6:22 p.m., a deputy exiting the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for patrol was made aware of two vehicles at the intersection of Clark Drive and Route 5S near the sheriff’s office. The two vehicles had been involved in property damage motor vehicle accident in which one of the drivers was an off-duty Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy.

Investigation revealed that the off-duty deputy had been stopped on Clark Drive at the intersection of Route 5S when the second vehicle operated by Dahlgren had allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign on Riverside Drive traveling south across Route 5S onto Clark Drive and collided with the off-duty deputy. According to the release, Dahlgren was found to be intoxicated and was taken into custody. He was processed for driving while intoxicated and found to have a BAC of .16 percent.

Due to the presence of an 8-year-old female passenger in Dahlgren’s vehicle, he was also charged with Leandra’s Law. The 8-year-old passenger, the off-duty deputy and Dahlgren were all uninjured in the collision.

He was processed at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and released due to the state’s new bail reform. He is scheduled to appear in Glen Town Court on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.


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