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Police: Drunk concert-goer stole golf cart, faces host of charges

2012-04-20T06:10:00Z 2012-04-20T14:08:04Z Police: Drunk concert-goer stole golf cart, faces host of chargesBY DON LEHMAN -- dlehman@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star

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.

 

 

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(31) Comments

  1. jacobbones
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    jacobbones - April 25, 2012 11:32 pm
    Why does a giant photo of this guy accompany the article, when all the child molestation stories have no photo's?

    Who is a larger threat to society?
  2. Locke
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    Locke - April 24, 2012 2:18 pm
    I would have to be drunk as well to attend a Billy Currington concert.
  3. jimmie89
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    jimmie89 - April 22, 2012 8:02 am
    TJ8 said: "3 strikes - this guy's professional future is over before it began. He'll be a ward of the state and we'll be footing his bill."

    this is true, he will be a ward of the state for at least 2 years, it was a dumb move by him, but i agree, make him do community service, it would be alot better then footing the bills for 2 yrs
  4. thezuule
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    thezuule - April 21, 2012 6:45 pm
    This is almost as bad as the guy in Whitehall who got a DWI for driving an electric motorized COOLER home from the bar... Sometimes the law is just stupid.
  5. prospect
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    prospect - April 21, 2012 4:07 pm
    GF new york, the only place in America you will be charged with the highest level of crimes for acting like a goof and having fun.. they wonder why nobody goes there.. almost as dumb as they cops that arrested a guy for riding a motorized cooler
  6. upstatelibertarian
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    upstatelibertarian - April 21, 2012 12:24 pm
    Way to inflate charges and waste taxpayer money GFPD, I bet you all were expecting a medal for getting this criminal mastermind off the streets. What happened, did you guys solve all the crimes in Glens Falls that day and just got bored?
  7. cyclnaut
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    cyclnaut - April 21, 2012 11:03 am
    Maybe his real crime is mistaking Finch for a golf course.
  8. Bocephus
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    Bocephus - April 21, 2012 9:49 am
    Drinking and driving a golf cart on a golf course is on private property not a public highway so what is illegal about that?
  9. Atheist1
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    Atheist1 - April 21, 2012 8:23 am
    Your point newshound? Let's blame this young mans ignorance on the civic center?
  10. northq
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    northq - April 21, 2012 6:18 am
    There have always been and always will be people drinking alcohol at concerts...any type of concert.A few people always celebrate a little too much.Does anybody else remember when "back in the day" you could bring wine-skins in with you at SPAC concerts? Or am I showing my age?
  11. newshound
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    newshound - April 20, 2012 10:43 pm
    kingsbury said: "Not if you can get someone to buy it for you...duh."

    so u r saying no drunk was ever served at the civic center? apparently you have never been there.
  12. kingsbury
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    kingsbury - April 20, 2012 7:05 pm
    newshound said: "isnt it illegal to serve drunk folks..shouldnt the civic center snack/beer stand be ticketed?"

    Not if you can get someone to buy it for you...duh.
  13. newshound
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    newshound - April 20, 2012 5:08 pm
    isnt it illegal to serve drunk folks..shouldnt the civic center snack/beer stand be ticketed?
  14. jacobbones
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    jacobbones - April 20, 2012 4:00 pm
    Worst part of this is the finch security gaurd will probly lose his job over it
  15. PaulB83
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    PaulB83 - April 20, 2012 3:47 pm
    I looked further into this ...it was not a security golf cart the cart was being used by a tour maintanance employee and it was taken from the oakland parking lot while employee was at his car. The drunk then drove up the hill and across warren st on to oak st. Holding down on the high pitch horn. My neibors watched as he ran into the curb and it looked as if he was passed out. This is a funny story because you can go to a golf course drink and drive your golf cart all day long and nobody cares. Its amazing he made it that far the golf car has a blinking yellow light on top of it.....idiot thats a expensive ride he should of just went golfing it would of been cheaper
  16. TheChampion
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    TheChampion - April 20, 2012 2:55 pm
    whatchutalkinbout said: "Hahahahaha. This story is hilarious. Carting while intoxicated is one of the most common things people do. Look at any RV campground or around any Lake that has seasonal camps. Everyone drinks and drives their carts or four wheelers around. This guy was obviously not too smart as he did it in a city area and stole the thing."

    Or any golf course....
  17. whatchutalkinbout
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    whatchutalkinbout - April 20, 2012 1:25 pm
    Hahahahaha. This story is hilarious. Carting while intoxicated is one of the most common things people do. Look at any RV campground or around any Lake that has seasonal camps. Everyone drinks and drives their carts or four wheelers around. This guy was obviously not too smart as he did it in a city area and stole the thing.
  18. Smith29-2
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    Smith29-2 - April 20, 2012 12:25 pm
    I can only imagine what this guy's excuse was. He stole a golf cart, I think his punishment should not be jail, but picking up trash on the side of the highway, make it a real punishment instead of wasting tax payer money for this guy to sit in jail and lounge in front of the TV with three free meals a day and a bed to sleep on. Maybe when he has people staring at him as they drive by for doing something done he will think twice about it.
  19. frozen_caveman_lawyer_bod
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    frozen_caveman_lawyer_bod - April 20, 2012 11:59 am
    $10 bucks says that if this was a metal show there would be a lot more criticism. i can just imagine the headlines
  20. TJ8
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    TJ8 - April 20, 2012 10:58 am
    3 strikes - this guy's professional future is over before it began. He'll be a ward of the state and we'll be footing his bill.
  21. tony
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    tony - April 20, 2012 10:33 am
    Lighten up Francis.
  22. TheChampion
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    TheChampion - April 20, 2012 9:55 am
    tony said: "Yeah, drunk people at a country music show. Who would have guessed?"

    Drunk people at ANY concert - who woulda guessed?

    Someone said something about the metal concert. Yeah, let's have it your way. The Center can just be empty except for when the Phantoms are around and Big Bird comes to town. That's a great use of tax payer money.

    You don't think people drink at every concert anywhere? Because I'm sure you've never had a drink while watching a show in your life.

    You should be glad that's so little actual news to report on up in Glens Falls that DWI's ARE news!

  23. lentini
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    lentini - April 20, 2012 9:15 am
    RIDICULOUS!
  24. justmy2cents4U
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    justmy2cents4U - April 20, 2012 9:13 am
    25 years old and already has two prior DWI's. Get this kid some help. It would seem he has no plans to stop drinking and "driving" anytime soon...

    And police had to break up a fight? Beer muscles...no doubt.
  25. Truth
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    Truth - April 20, 2012 9:03 am
    Not that I'm happy that something like this happened, but it's perfect timing on the heels of the heavy metal band announcement, with all of the people saying "the end is near," because the city of Glens Falls is using a taxpayer-funded venue to bring all of these unruly, crazy kids into town for a "death metal" band with lyrics that send such a terrible message. Even more amusing ... the picture/caption in the paper this morning from the country concert had the performer bragging about being good at drinking beer, with what appeared to be BEER in bright lights on the stage. I have no problem with it; but the double standard has been exposed.
  26. tony
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    tony - April 20, 2012 8:29 am
    horicon31 said: "Looks like non heavy metal concerts have problems too!!!! Who would have guessed?? "

    Yeah, drunk people at a country music show. Who would have guessed?
  27. jeepers
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    jeepers - April 20, 2012 8:21 am
    The guy was probably just mad cuz his exwife left him and took his pickup truck and dog.
  28. the scarecrow
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    the scarecrow - April 20, 2012 8:01 am
    ohh come on now, they got the golf cart back, no one was hurt, this guy was obviously out of his mind. they should let him go.
  29. strong
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    strong - April 20, 2012 7:58 am
    I guess they should ban country bands from playing at the civic center !!
  30. horicon31
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    horicon31 - April 20, 2012 7:42 am
    Looks like non heavy metal concerts have problems too!!!! Who would have guessed??
  31. PaulB83
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    PaulB83 - April 20, 2012 7:15 am
    Lol at 12:30 I thought I was still asleep awoke to flashing lights outside my house. I walked outside to find a golf cart being escorted down oak st by a glensfalls cop. Only in Glens Falls.

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