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Car traveling wrong way on Northway leads to 6th DWI arrest in 9 years

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QUEENSBURY, N.Y. - Some scary moments on the northway for drivers and police, after a Hudson Falls man drives the wrong way on the road while intoxicated.

Police say Tuesday night marked the sixth DWI arrest in nine years for a 32-year-old Jeremy Belden of Hudson Falls.

"I don't know what can be said about an individual who continuously gets charged with this offense," says Lieutenant Steven Stockdale of the Warren County Sheriff's office.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office received word there was a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lane of I-87 Tuesday around 8:30 p.m. Troopers located the said car, which nearly collided into the sheriff's vehicle, forcing the officer to swerve out of the way to avoid a collision.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Belden eventually pulled over in a U-turn crossover around exit 19 and was found to allegedly be intoxicated.

Officers arrested him for DWI and took him back to the station where they found Belden's driving privileges had been revoked due to previous DWI arrests and that the vehicle he was operating was not equipped with an ignition interlock device, as was also mandated during his previous DWI conviction. 

"He shows a blatant disregard for a law that says he can no longer operate a vehicle," says Stockdale. "He drives when he feels like it, and in this case someone could have been seriously injured."

Sheriffs say this arrest marks Belden's sixth DWI arrest in nine years, with this being his fourth arrest for felony DWI. He is currently on probation due to his last felony DWI arrest in 2008.

Luckily, no one was hurt, but drunk driving takes a toll on people every day.

"In this case, where someone has done this six times, there is definitely a problem there," says Jeanne Sample of Rotterdam. Sample's brother Richard died last July, hit and killed instantly by a drunk driver.

"It's something that is completely preventable and the impact on the family is just incredible," says Sample. "It's hard to describe."

In the case of Belden, police say if he is in a car again, it should only be as a passenger.

"I don't know how you reach an individual like that," says Stockdale. "They've taken his license away and he's made the decision he's going to drive anyway."

Belden now faces felony charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st-degree, Reckless Endangerment 1st-degree, and misdemeanor charges reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device and several Vehicle and Traffic Law Infractions. He is now being held without bail.

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