Man shows up drunk at Schenectady court
SCHENECTADY The sentencing of a man who admitted to driving drunk was delayed Thursday after he showed up to court drunk.
Wesley Pulsifer, 27, of Altamont, was to be sentenced to one year in jail. He pleaded guilty in October to felony driving while intoxicated.
But as the proceedings began, there was an indication that Pulsifer may be intoxicated. Proceedings were delayed and he was sent to the nearby drug court office, which has a Breathalyzer.
The test came back that his blood alcohol content was .08, officials told acting Schenectady County Court Judge Polly Hoye upon Pulsifer’s return to the courtroom.
The judge told Pulsifer that she not impressed, especially given that the case was drunken driving.
She also told Pulsifer that a hearing could be held on the matter that could result in him facing an enhanced sentence than the one he agreed to.
But she said she would give it time to figure out what course was best.
In the meantime, she revoked his bail and ordered him to return to court Jan. 20.
Pulsifer was arrested Jan. 23, pulled over by Schenectady police at the corner of Altamont and Chrisler avenues. His blood alcohol content then, prosecutor Michael Tiffany said, was tested at .09. The case was a felony due to a prior conviction.
Callahan said that Pulsifer’s ultimate fate could be in the minutes of the plea hearing from August. Hoye recalled telling Pulsifer to not consume any alcohol while he was out on bail. The minutes from the plea would confirm what conditions were set and then the proceedings would go from there.
Tiffany, the Schenectady County District Attorney’s office DWI prosecutor, said he believed he recalled at least one similar incident of a suspect coming to court intoxicated in another case, but didn’t have specifics.
Pulsifer is represented by attorney Paul Callahan.