Police, Fire, Courts

December 18, 2012

Former local student charged with commandeering limo

SARATOGA SPRINGS (AP) — Quick action by a woman kept a allegedly drunk man from driving away with a limousine filled with members of a bachelorette party celebrating at a New York casino.

Saratoga Springs police say 22-year-old Tyler Bellick of Schenectady was intoxicated when he jumped into a limo at Saratoga Casino and Raceway early Sunday morning and started to drive away, with about a dozen women inside the vehicle.

Michele Swart tells the Times Union of Albany that another member of the bachelorette party climbed over the limo’s divider, grabbed Bellick by the neck and shifted the vehicle out of drive.

Bellick fled on foot, with several of the women giving chase. He was caught by casino security guards and held for police.

Bellick’s charges include DWI as a felony, due to a previous DWI arrest; fourth-degree grand larceny; and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

He had previously been a student at SUNY Plattsburgh but has not been at the college all semester, according to spokeswoman Michelle Ouellette.

While attending SUNY Plattsburgh, Bellick was charged with throwing a homemade bomb — made from a soda bottle and toilet-bowl cleaner — at an off-campus apartment. That case was handled through the local court system, and he pleaded guilty to third-degree assault.

— Editor Lois Clermont contributed to this report.

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