SARATOGA SPRINGS u A 47-year-old Florida man will be facing felony vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated charges following a serious crash Monday night involving the man's truck and a motorcyclist.
The motorcyclist, whose name was not released because his family had not been notified of the crash, remained in critical condition late Tuesday at Albany Medical Center, according to Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy.
"The victim is going to live, thank goodness. We thought that he wasn't going to make it through the night," Murphy said. Hospital personnel were "very concerned," however, about the condition of the man's legs as a result of the crash, Murphy said.
Police said Michael Charles Clark, of 3031 Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Fla., was driving his pickup truck west on Lake Avenue shortly before 6:30 p.m. Monday when he began a left turn onto Henning Road just as the motorcyclist was heading east on Lake Avenue, causing a collision.
Police said Clark had impaired speech and smelled of alcohol Monday night, according to court documents. On Tuesday, the results of a blood-alcohol test had not yet come back from a lab, police said.
Clark was also ticketed for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and not yielding the right-of-way.
Clark is being held on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He was arraigned early Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga Hospital where he was taken after complaining of chest pains, according to police.
Murphy said it appears Clark was in the area to work for a trainer at one of the stables at the racecourse, but has no ties to the area and is considered a risk to flee.
A guard was placed outside his room at Saratoga Hospital on Tuesday, Murphy said.
Clark is expected to return Aug. 4 to Saratoga Springs City Court.