New York State Police say the Troy City Council President was arrested Wednesday for driving while intoxicated.
Troopers say Carmella Mantello was stopped on Route 146A in Clifton Park after a driver called 911 to report another motorist driving aggressively. Police say the 53-year-old showed signs of intoxication and had a blood alcohol content of .13 percent. The Republican, also ticketed for following too closely, is due in Clifton Park Town Court January 3.
Democratic City Councilor Anasha Cummings says this is a wake-up call for Mantello and others during the holiday season to never drink and drive.
"Obviously, it's too early to talk about her fate right now. She's innocent until proven guilty."
A spokesman for Troy Mayor Patrick Madden called it a “personal matter” and had no further comment. Mantello did not return a call for comment.
Here is the New York State Police press release:
On December 26, 2018 at approximately 9:30 p.m. State Police dispatch took a 911 call from a driver who was said that they were being followed by another vehicle that was driving aggressively and following too closely. The incident began on I-890 in Schenectady and continued onto I-87 northbound. The vehicles exited at exit 9, Troopers were able to stop the suspect vehicle on State Route 146A in Clifton Park. The operator, Carmella Mantello, 53, of Troy showed signs of intoxication and was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated. She was transported to the Clifton Park barracks where she provided a breath sample of .13% B.A.C.
Mantello was also ticketed for Following Too Closely, she is due back in Clifton Park Town Court on January 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm.