Court documents: Troy City Council president was 'uncooperative' before DWI arrest

January 03, 2019 02:12 PM

Court documents say Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello refused an on-scene breathalyzer and was uncooperative when asked to take field sobriety tests on the day after Christmas, before she was arrested for DWI.

Mantello is facing multiple charges after troopers say she followed another driver for miles, tailgating and driving aggressively.

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Investigators say her blood alcohol level was found to be well above the legal limit.

According to the arresting officer, Mantello thought she was in Rotterdam when she was pulled over around 10 p.m. on December 26.

The trooper says he detected a strong odor of alcohol and says she had glassy eyes and slurred speech.

Court documents show the driver she was following says he first noticed her truck as he made his way through the toll from I-890 onto I-90 east.

The man says she was following him extremely closely and flashing her high beams.

This behavior continued for miles and on various highways. The driver told troopers he thought Mantello would hit him several times during the ordeal and at one point was fearful she would shoot him as he had to stop at a red light.

Mantello released a statement following the arrest, saying she understands the severity of her actions and takes full responsibility.

Requests to Senator Little for comment have gone unanswered.

In an email to NewsChannel 13, Anasha Cummings, who serves on the council, said:

"Our first meeting of the whole council this year is tomorrow [Thursday] at 7.  I am waiting to hear back from Carmella, but I believe that is the same time as her court hearing, so if she can't be there, I will be chairing the meeting as Pro-Tempore.

I am sure we will discuss this issue a bit, but I plan to withhold any action until the judicial process concludes."

Mantello also serves as the legislative director for state Sen. Betty Little.


Jacquie Slater

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