Police: Rensselaer County man drove with blood alcohol content nearly 5 times the legal limit

A Rensselaer County man has died — two days after he was arrested for allegedly driving with a blood alcohol level nearly five times the legal limit.

Thomas R. Murphy, 45, of Wynantskill, was arrested after a traffic stop on Oct. 9 at about 2 a.m. in Sand Lake. Troopers responded to a report of a car off the roadway at the intersection of Miller Road and Snake Hill Road.

Murphy denied he was injured and was charged with DWI and other traffic violations. He was transported to the State Police station in Sand Lake, where he recorded a 0.38% blood alcohol concentration. The legal limit for intoxication is 0.08%.

Murphy was issued tickets to appear at a later date and released to a sober third party.

Update: Murphy died on Oct. 11, according to Legacy.com.