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January 8, 2014

Tupper man charged with grand larceny

HARRIETSTOWN — A pickup truck flipped into a ditch turned out to be stolen, police say.

Todd E. King Jr. was charged with grand larceny, a felony, for the alleged crime.

State Police were called to a motor vehicle accident at 4:40 a.m. Saturday on Route 3 in Harrietstown, finding a 2006 Toyota Tacoma on its roof. 

King, according to a press release, had stolen it from a residence in Lake Placid and was driving it home to Tupper Lake when he lost control and crashed.

The owner of the vehicle, who is acquainted with King, had not noticed the vehicle missing until police called about the crash, State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said.

“The truck was not reported stolen until after King had crashed it,” she said.

King was not injured in the accident, but was taken by Saranac Lake Rescue Squad to Adirondack Medical Center for evaluation, police said. 

And he submitted to a blood-alcohol test at the hospital.

Results of blood tests can take several weeks to come in, Fleischman said.

But police charged King with driving while intoxicated based on observation of his condition.

King is to appear at the Harrietstown Court at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 for the DWI charge.

He is scheduled to appear in North Elba Town Court for fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, for allegedly stealing the truck.

Police also issued King a ticket for failure to maintain lane.

He was released on his own recognizance, Fleishman said.

Lake Placid police assisted State Police in the investigation.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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