LAKE PLACID - A local man faces multiple charges for allegedly trying to evade a trooper while driving drunk.
Ray Brook-based state police charged Christopher D. Bigelow, 27, of Lake Placid, with driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI, both misdemeanors, at 2:50 a.m. Sunday. He was also charged with failure to comply, reckless driving, failure to submit to an alcohol sensor test, failure to stop, unsafe backing and failure to keep right, according to police.
Police said a trooper spotted Bigelow driving at a high rate of speed on Mirror Lake Drive early Sunday morning. Bigelow then attempted to evade the trooper by trying to make a turn onto Lake Placid Club Way, police said.
Bigelow eventually came to a stop on Mirror Lake Drive. Police said he then placed his vehicle in reverse and started backing up in the direction of the trooper's vehicle, entered the southbound lane of Mirror Lake Drive, and parked sideways across the road.
Police said the trooper "immediately detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Bigelow" upon approaching the vehicle. Bigelow was instructed to exit the vehicle, and allegedly was unable to complete field sobriety tests. He was placed under arrested and transported to the state police barracks in Ray Brook, where he took a chemical test showing a blood alcohol content of 0.24 percent.
Bigelow was processed and released to a third party on an appearance ticket returnable to Lake Placid village court at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Contact Chris Morris at 891-2600 ext. 25 or firstname.lastname@example.org.