On May 25, 2016, the Latham and Verdoy Fire Departments were called to the scene of a car in a pond off of Exit 6 on I-87 in Latham. Upon arrival, the departments found the car, which had taken down the guardrail, a sign and part of a tree, over the embankment in a retaining pond up to its windows. Colonie EMS and Assistant Chief David Filerecki verified that the vehicle was empty. The 20-year-old driver had extricated himself, made it to to shore and walked to the nearest gas station for a ride home. When State Police arrived they contacted the man’s mother and told the man he needed to return to the scene of the accident. The man was then arrested for DUI. Verdoy’s Corey Feldman and Ryan Leonardo aided in the removal of the vehicle due to a hazardous chemical spill it caused in the pond.
– Fire News photo by Lori Washburn