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Albany Deputy District Administrator seeks special prosecutor in drunk driving case

Albany Deputy District Administrator seeks special prosecutor in drunk driving case

Albany County Deputy Administrator Michael McLaughlin Jr. is calling for a special prosecutor in a drunken driving case, alleging bias on the part of Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

Michael McLaughlin Jr., deputy Albany County administrator, is calling for a special prosecutor to take over his drunken driving case.

McLaughlin was stopped by a state police trooper on Wolf Road on May 1 for allegedly leaving his lane. He was coming from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and had consumed four Fiddle Head IPAs with dinner, court records show. He failed sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test.

His attorney, Kevin O’Brien, told NewsChannel 13 that they are seeking a special prosecutor because there has been hostility between McLauglin’s boss, County Executive Dan McCoy, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

McCoy has endorsed criminal defense attorney Lee Kindlon in the Democratic primary.

O’Brien said all he and his client wanted was a “fair and unbiased prosecutor.”

“We do not believe that David Soares’ office is capable of doing that, given the District Attorney’s comments and his obvious hostility toward Mr. McCoy’s office,” he said.