GLENS FALLS -- Golf carts are motor vehicles, too.
A Columbia County man learned that lesson Thursday night after he allegedly took one from the property of Finch Paper Co. and rode it downtown while drunk, police said.
The man, Craig C. Turczyn, 25, of Germantown was in town for the Thursday night Billy Currington concert at the Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls Police Sgt. Tony Lydon said.
After the concert ended he apparently spied a golf cart used by security officers near the Oakland Avenue security gate, hopped on it and drove off, Lydon said.
"He stumbled onto it and just took right off," Lydon said.
The security officer had left the battery-powered vehicle parked by the gate with keys in it to go check on his parked vehicle, and during that brief period Turczyn spotted it and drove off, Lydon said.
Glens Falls Police were called just after 11:30 p.m., and minutes later they spotted the car stopped at the traffic light at Ridge and Maple streets, according to police. That is about a quarter-mile from where it was taken.
Turczyn pulled over for the officers, and he was found to be intoxicated and to have two prior driving while intoxicated convictions in the last 10 years, Lydon said. His blood alcohol content was 0.23 percent, nearly triple the 0.08 percent threshold for DWI.
He was charged with aggravated felony DWI as well as felony counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property.
He was arraigned Friday in City Court and sent to Warren County Jail for lack of bail.
Glens Falls Police officers David Zecca and Ryan Ashe made the arrest.
Police had to break up a fight among concert-goers at the country show, but had no other major problems, Lydon said.