GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. - The Fulton County Sheriff's Office has charged a Mr. Ding-A-Ling driver with allegedly driving while intoxicated after the ice cream truck allegedly swerved into oncoming traffic Saturday.
The Sheriff's Office says 53-year-old Phillip Hollister was arrested Saturday around 12:10 a.m. after a DWI patrol officer observed his ice cream truck fail to keep right and swerve into the oncoming lane of the patrol unit while on Route 123 in the Town of Northampton.
Fulton County sheriff Thomas Lorey says Hollister had a BAC of .15 percent, almost twice the legal limit.
"It angers me because snow cone trucks are dangerous because of kids running in the road. It's bad enough to have a driver that isn't alert, but to have kids running up to the truck, appalls me," said Lorey.
Hollister has been charged with DWI and Failure to Keep Right and was issued appearance tickets and is set to appear in the Town of Northampton Court in August.
"I was vending ice cream that night and I was done, and I went to the tavern and had a couple drinks. When I left I had probably had three instead of two and I got in trouble," said Hollister.
The owner of Mr. Ding-A-Ling says Hollister has been fired in response to the arrest.
The Fulton County Mr. Ding-A-Ling company has also been involved in a recent dispute with rival truck Sno Kone Joe after it was alleged the Sno Kone Joe drivers were stalking and harassing their driver in a "turf war."
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