Broadalbin man sentenced to 15 days in jail for DWI

JOHNSTOWN — A Broadalbin man was sentenced recently in Fulton County Court to 15 days in jail for driving intoxicated with two children in his vehicle.

Nicholas J. Watson, 33, pleaded guilty Feb. 16 before County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye. Watson’s plea was part of a plea arrangement to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, misdemeanor DWI, and driving with 0.08 percent or greater blood alcohol content.

Watson was also sentenced that day to 15 days in the Fulton County Jail, five years probation, driver’s license revocation, and he must affix an ignition interlock device to his vehicle.

The defendant was arrested Jan. 24, 2020 by state police. Troopers said he drove intoxicated with two children in his vehicle.

Watson was initially charged with two counts of a Leandra’s Law violation, felonies; and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Troopers said Watson was arrested around 4 p.m. after it was observed his inspection was out of date as he traveled down Route 30A in the city of Gloversville.

State police said that when a trooper spoke with Watson, it was observed that there was signs of intoxication. Troopers said he failed field sobriety tests.

The two children in the vehicle with the suspect, younger than 16, were turned over to a guardian.

Watson was transported to the Mayfield barracks, where state police said he provided a breath sample of .13 percent blood alcohol content.

In other recent County Court action, Steven Lang, 36, of Hawk Street, Gloversville, was sentenced Feb. 16 by Hoye to three years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement.

He also received five years post-release supervision, restitution and a stay away order was issued.

Lang was sentenced as a second felony offender.

The sentence was based on his Sept. 24, 2020 guilty plea to one felony count of second-degree assault.

He was arrested June 26, 2020.

By Paul Wager