OFFICER ACCUSED OF DWI

MIKE FRICANO Staff writer
Section: CAPITAL REGION,  Page: B5

Date: Monday, June 28, 1999

Albany A Troy Housing Authority security officer has been charged with driving while intoxicated after almost running over a state trooper on bicycle patrol last week, State Police said.


Brian P. Lutz, 28, of Troy, is also a part-time officer with the Coxsackie Police, according to authorities. It is not known yet how Lutz's arrest will affect his job, since the incident happened off duty, said Troy Housing Authority Chairwoman Lynne Mahoney. ``When you have someone like that in a position of role model with kids you'd hope for better judgment,'' Mahoney said. Lutz works as an instructor with the housing authority's HADIT (Housing Against Drugs In Troy) Program, designed to teach youths about substance abuse.


The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. Thursday when Lutz was pulling out of a Corning Preserve parking lot on Water Street. Lutz hopped a curb and nearly hit trooper Bruce MacWatters, who was patrolling the north end of the lot, police said.


MacWatters jumped off his bike to avoid being hit by the red Chevrolet Lutz was driving and managed to get Lutz's license plate, police said. The trooper then called in the incident and Lutz was apprehended several hours later, police said.


When police found Lutz, he appeared to be intoxicated and was charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless endangerment, police said.


A meeting will take place between housing authority officials and Lutz to determine what will happen to him, Mahoney said.


Lutz was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in Albany City Court Thursday on the two misdemeanors.


Coxsackie Police were unavailable for comment Sunday.