BY STEVEN COOK
NISKAYUNA – A Thanksgiving eve sobriety checkpoint led to two drunken driving arrests, state police said.
The checkpoint held Nov. 21 also resulted in a total of 27 traffic tickets being issued and two drivers cited for violation unlawful possession of marijuana, troopers said.
Troopers identified the checkpoint in a release as in Niskayuna, though didn’t identify the exact location. Extra patrol cars were also assigned to the area. The release did not include mug shots.
The two DWI arrests were recorded in the state police blotter as taking place on Union Street in Niskayuna and Route 7 in Schenectady.
Those charged with DWI were identified asa:
Akwass Rahaman, 27, of Schenectady, was arrested just before 10 p.m. on Route 7 and charged with felony driving while intoxicated and felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. The DWI count was increased to a felony due to a prior DWI conviction. Rahaman’s blood alcohol content was recorded at 0.17, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, troopers said.
Michael Fera, 62, of Albany, was arrested just after 10:30 p.m. on Union Street. He faces a misdemeanor charge of first-offense driving while intoxicated. Fera’s BAC was recorded at 0.09, state police said.
“We would like to thank all the designated drivers and those that chose to use hired transportation for keeping the roadway safe during this holiday week,” the state police release reads.