Two people saw a man was driving his vehicle erratically on Route 85 in Westerlo on Saturday evening, June 23, 2012. They both made a call to 911.

Philip J. Winters

In a story from News 10 ABC, two drivers saw 42 year old Philip J. Winters of Westerlo, allegedly drive his car off the road and into a ditch. They blocked Winters’s car and attempted to take his keys until the police got there.

When the Albany County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, they gave Winters a prescreening test. That showed that Winters had a Blood-Alcohol-Content (BAC) 0f 0.36 percent, which is more than four times the legal limit.

Winters already had his driver’s license revoked for previous DWI convictions within the last 10 years. Because of his previous convictions, he was charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated. He also had numerous other charges including Unlicensed Operator and Failure To Keep Right.

Winters was arraigned in Westerlo Town Court and brought to Albany County Correctional Facility. If he does get convicted of all charges, he could go to jail for possibly 11 years. Thank God he didn’t hit anyone and kill them.


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