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NY: tank full of gas and belly full of beer

Postby Micronaut » Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:22 pm

Police: Man lands in jail on tank full of gas and belly full of beer

http://www.poststar.com/articles/2006/1 ... 819606.txt

By CHARLES FIEGL, cfiegl@poststar.com
Saturday, October 07, 2006

SARATOGA SPRINGS * A Greenfield man testing how far he could ride a homemade moped with a tank of gas and a couple beers made it to the Spa City and then to county jail Wednesday, police said.

Clayton R. Mann Jr., 35, drove the two-wheeler from Greenfield Center through the city's downtown, which is more than 6 miles. Mann decided to turn back when Saratoga Springs Police stopped him for driving north on the sidewalk of Broadway at 4:18 p.m.

"I was trying to see how far the homemade bike will go on a tank of gas," Mann reportedly told police. "I drove it from my brother's house in Greenfield down to Stewart's, then to here."

Mann also noted the bike can reach speeds of 18 mph, police said.

An officer smelled alcohol on Mann's breath and saw his eyes were bloodshot, according to a police statement filed in City Court. Mann's blood-alcohol content was 0.20 percent, more than double the state's threshold of 0.08 percent.

Mann, of L and R Mobile Acres Apt. L2, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated -- his third drunken-driving offense since 1994, police said. He was also charged with felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Mann's license was revoked in 1994 after he refused a breath test and was charged with driving while intoxicated. He was again convicted of drunken driving in 1997, a police statement said.

Police also cited Mann with violations of unlawful operation of a vehicle on a sidewalk, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a vehicle without insurance, police Sgt. Michael Chowske said.

Mann was arraigned in court Wednesday and was sent to Saratoga County Jail without bail because of prior felony convictions. He is scheduled to return to court for a hearing today.

The investigation and arrest were by city Patrolman Thomas Sartin.
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