Saugerties man was drunk and had no license, police charge

An incident which began with anger and peeing in the bushes ended in felony charges early Sunday morning for a Saugerties man.

According to Ulster town police, officers got a call from a local business that a customer was belligerent to its employees and before leaving, “urinated in the shrubbery” outside the business. Workers got the man’s license plate number and shortly before 6 a.m. on April 7 pulled over and arrested Thomas Tommola, 27, of Saugerties. According to police, Tommola was intoxicated, and was driving even though his license had been revoked.

Tommola was charged, police said, with felony drunken driving and first-degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with the misdemeanors of second-degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device and the violation of disorderly conduct.

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Tommola was arraigned in Ulster Town Court and sent to Ulster County Jail on no bail pending a future court appearance.

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