Averill Park man accused of operating stretch limousine illegally

Driver accused of operating limo illegally

Driver accused of operating limo illegally

An Averill Park man is accused of operating a stretch limousine business illegally.

Daniel Garhartt allegedly registered the vehicle for personal use and was attempting to use it to transport unsuspecting passengers, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

Garhartt, operator of Classic Transportation Service, is accused of operating a 2005 Cadillac, which he stated was not being used in a for-hire capacity and did not require that type of automobile insurance. He also stated that he had the proper safety inspection. However, he did not have proper insurance, registration or safety inspection, investigators said.

Garhartt was arrested Friday afternoon outside Albany International Airport. The DMV’s Division of Field Investigation, state Department of Transportation and the Albany County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.

His license was suspended and vehicle was impounded and towed.

Garhartt was charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor charge of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. He was also charged with falsifying business records and a false written statement as well as receiving a ticket for driving an uninspected vehicle.

State officials are reminding people to do their homework when they are renting a limousine for a special occasion.

People can visit the Safe Limo New York website for tips before they charter an altered limousine. Also, people can file a limousine safety related complaint by filling out the form or calling 833-727-0901.