DUI stop leads to theft charges

DUI stop leads to theft charges

A Whitehall man faces a bevy of charges after State Police said that he drove under the influence on Dix Avenue in Hudson Falls on Feb. 1.

Matthew T. Pomainville, 25, had also been arrested just two days earlier following a series of thefts from a Target store in Queensbury.

The Dix Avenue stop took place around 3:05 a.m., according to a press release.

He was stopped for a series of traffic violations, and he appeared to match the description of a man who had committed the larcenies from the Target store, State Police said.

A probable cause search of his car was executed, and it was found that he was in possession of multiple electronic items that had been stolen from Target earlier that same day.

A number of thefts took place on several dates at the Target store and Pomainville is accused of stealing about $2,000 worth of goods, State Police said.

He was charged with one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and five counts of petit larceny, all misdemeanors, and he was issued an appearance ticket and is due back in Queensbury Town Court at 1 p.m. on March 3.

Pomainville was stopped again by State Police after he was reportedly involved in a hit-and-run accident on U.S. Route 4 in Kingsbury. An initial investigation determined that he was traveling north on Main Street in South Glens Falls when he exited the road and struck a crosswalk sign.

He then reportedly backed into another vehicle and left the scene.

State Police located Pomainville after he entered the town of Kingsbury. While he was being interviewed troopers observed signs that he was impaired.

He was then given field sobriety tests, which police reported he failed. Pomainville was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

He was then charged with two counts of aggravated unlicensed operation in the first-degree, a class E felony, and with driving while ability Impaired by drugs, which is a misdemeanor.

Pomainville was released and is due back in Kingsbury Town Court on March 3 at 1 p.m., the same time and date as his scheduled court date in the Queensbury Town Court.