Man allegedly flees traffic stop, hides in bedroom
SCHENECTADY A man allegedly driving without a license fled when police stopped his car but ultimately was found inside his locked bedroom, authorities said.
The incident began just after 12:30 a.m. Monday at the corner of Dewitt Street and Ten Eyck Avenue, when officers pulled over Kevin Toolsinauth, 20, of 1039 Lakeview Ave. As Officer Adam Willetts was standing at the driver’s side window, Toolsinauth pulled away and fled, according to papers filed in court.
Minutes later, police went to Toolsinauth’s residence, according to papers. His parents led the officers to Toolsinauth’s bedroom, which was locked. After he refused multiple requests from the officers to open the locked door, they forced their way in and arrested him.
He faces a host of charges as a result, the most serious being one count of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a felony. His license had been permanently revoked due to a prior driving while intoxicated conviction, according to papers.
Toolsinauth also faces one count each of third-degree unlawful fleeing of a police officer, resisting arrest, third-degree escape, second-degree reckless endangerment and obstructing governmental administration, all misdemeanors.
According to court papers, the endangerment count came from driving off as Willetts was standing next to the driver’s side window; the escape charge is based on the theory that although he was still in his car, he was already in custody at the time of his flight; and the obstruction charge came from his refusal to open his bedroom door.