Man accused of drunk driving with child in car; fighting with troopers

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A 37-year-old man is accused of both driving while intoxicated and fighting with the state troopers who found him passed out in his vehicle on Turin Road Sunday night.

A 4-year-old child was also improperly seated in the back seat, according to law enforcement officials.

State police said Jarid B. Taciak, of 9398 Stedman Road, Lee Center, was spotted speeding at 63 mph in a 40 mph zone southbound on Turin Road in the outer district of Rome at about 9:15 p.m. Sunday. Trooper Jeffrey Wegrzyn turned around to give chase, at which point he received an alert from the county 9-1-1 Center that law enforcement was searching for that vehicle due to erratic driving.

Wegrzyn lost sight of the vehicle at first, then authorities said he came upon the vehicle crashed into a snowbank. Troopers said Taciak was found unconscious behind the wheel, with the gas pedal still fully depressed.

Troopers said Taciak woke up shortly thereafter and attempted to free his vehicle from the snowbank, ignoring orders from the state police to shut off his car. Troopers said a 4-year-old child was also in the back seat, not properly secured in a child safety seat.

The responding troopers were able to break the driver’s side window and unlock the door. Troopers said Taciak began punching and kicking Wegrzyn, who managed to put the vehicle in park. Trooper David Todora then used a quick burst of pepper spray to subdue Taciak.

The child was safely removed from the vehicle, and with the assistance of Rome Police, the troopers were able to take Taciak into custody.

Taciak is charged with one count each of aggravated driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child, seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, second-degree obstruction of a governmental administration, speeding, child improperly restrained and numerous other vehicle and traffic violations, authorities said. He was arraigned in court and was sent to county jail in lieu of bail. He is scheduled to reappear in court.

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