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Troy man pulled over in backhoe, charged with DWI

Posted at: 02/03/2013 11:56 AM
Updated at: 02/03/2013 11:58 AM
By: Dan Bazile

It's always slow going when you get stuck behind one these big rigs, but this time it was a police officer who noticed it wasn't just slow. Something was not right with this backhoe driver on Friday night.

“He noticed that the backhoe had no plates. He noticed that it was also swerving,” said Steve Smith of Albany Police.

The backhoe was apparently all over the road going from one lane to the other on Central Avenue in Albany, so the officer pulled it over.

“He conducted a traffic stop. During the course of the investigation learned that the operator was consuming alcohol while he was driving and was intoxicated,” says Smith.

Police say the driver, 44 year old Jesus O'farril, was not on a joy ride drunk while consuming more alcohol. He was actually headed back to work.

“He was a self employed contractor. He was actually working. He was traveling from an area in the city to another area in the city. It doesn't appear that he traveled very far before he was stopped,” said Smith.

You can see one officer pouring out the alcohol from a can. Police say O'farril's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. They say he wasn't even supposed to be driving because his license was revoked because of a previous DWI conviction out of Watervliet back in 2010.

O'farril was arraigned Saturday morning on DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation. He's locked up in the Albany County jail. Police say thankfully no one was hurt.

Smith added, “Driving while intoxicated is dangerous, whether you’re in a car, whether you’re in a backhoe. That’s why we're out there.”