Niskayuna man faces 3rd drunken-driving charge

Kent VanderwalKent Vanderwal

SCOTIA — A Niskayuna man faces his third drunken-driving charge in 10 years after police found him passed out in the driver’s seat of a van parked in front of a day care Monday, police said.

A 911 call first alerted police to the driver just after 1 p.m. Monday. The caller followed the erratic van from Schenectady to Scotia, police said.

Village police found the van at the YMCA Lally Day Care Center on South Ten Broeck Street, parked against the building’s steps, still running and in drive.

Police found the lone occupant of the car passed out in the driver’s seat. They said he also had open alcoholic beverages next to him.

The man, identified as Kent D. Vanderwal, 34, of Niskayuna, could not complete field sobriety tests, police said. They said they took him to the station, where he fought with officers and refused a breath test.

Police charged Vanderwal with felony driving while intoxicated and misdemeanor obstructing governmental administration. He also faces the infraction of consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

The drunken-driving charge increased to a felony due to Vanderwal having two prior DWI convictions over 10 years, police said.

Vanderwal remained at the Schenectady County Jail on $4,000 bail Tuesday.