Driver charged after truck almost hits Shamrock Run racers

A Saugerties man faces misdemeanor charges after he allegedly drove onto the race course during Kingston’s annual Shamrock Run on Sunday, March 10 and resisted police efforts to remove him from his vehicle.

Kingston police say the incident occurred around 1:15 p.m. while the Shamrock Run was underway and Broadway was closed to vehicular traffic. According to police, David Roy Cardell, 75, drove his 2013 Chevy pickup truck from the parking lot of the Burger King at the corner of East Chester Street onto Broadway, nearly striking several runners. When police approached Cardell’s vehicle, police said, he ignored commands to turn off the engine and get out of the truck. An officer reached through the driver’s side window to grab the keys from the ignition, police said, but couldn’t remove Cardell from the truck because he had locked the doors. Officers eventually broke the passenger-side window to enter the truck and remove Cardell, police said.

Cardell was charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. He was released with tickets and ordered to appear in Kingston City Court on Monday, March 18.