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Store clerk helps put drunk driver in prison


ALBANY, NY (WTEN) – District Attorney P. David Soares is crediting a gas station cashier for helping take a drunk driver off the road.

Michael Larsen, 25, of Ravena, pleaded guilty today to one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, and one count of Driving While Intoxicated, a class A misdemeanor, in Albany County Court.

On Nov. 30, at 4 a.m., Larsen went into the A-Plus Sunoco at 245 Ontario St. in Cohoes and tried to buy beer. The cashier refused and called the Cohoes Police. The clerk gave police a description of the suspect and vehicle, and sent them south on I-787. Larsen was followed and after a short chase he was found to be driving a stolen car.

"The actions of this clerk led to the swift arrest of a drunk driver," said Soares. "I would like to commend and thank him for doing the right thing and possibly preventing a disastrous situation."

Larsen will receive a sentence of 1 to 3 years in state prison, a $500 fine, and various court imposed surcharges as part of his plea agreement.

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