Police: Man crashed into snow bank drunk, fled

LAKE PLACID – A Lake Placid man faces a misdemeanor drunken driving charge after allegedly crashing his car and running from police.

Village police arrested Samuel T. Barclay, 22, at 11 a.m. Wednesday and charged him with aggravated driving while intoxicated, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding.

The arrest followed a report of a property-damage accident in the village. The Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department responded to the intersection of Harbor Lane and Victor Herbert Road at about 10:14 a.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival, firefighters found a vacant 2007 Subaru Forester that had crashed into a snow bank.

Police were notified of the crash, and responding officers were able to chase down Barclay, who fled the scene on foot, according to Sgt. Chuck Dobson.

“It took three officers to chase him down,” Dobson said. “He ran from the accident scene, down Mirror Lake Drive and up Interlaken Avenue. He did not assault the officers, but he was resisting apprehension.”

Barclay was taken into custody after a brief struggle, Dobson said. A subsequent investigation revealed Barclay had allegedly been driving with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.18 percent, resulting in the aggravated DWI charge. Police said he was in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Additionally, police said Barclay hit a sign on Nash Street before he crashed into the snow bank.

Barclay appeared to be uninjured, police said, and he declined medical treatment. His vehicle, however, sustained “extensive front-end damage” and had to be towed from the scene, Dobson said.

Barclay was processed at the police station, arraigned in village court and released to reappear at a later date.

Firefighters stood by at the scene until the vehicle was removed. They were back in service by 11:20 a.m.