A trooper spotted 21-year-old Diego A. Hurtado rocketing past at 10 p.m. and signaled for the Brooklyn man to pull over in the Town of New Baltimore, about 15 miles south of Albany, police said.
Hurtado told troopers he was headed to Lake George, an upstate resort town north of Saratoga, and police said he initially gave them the name of another person. A trooper said there was heavy traffic on the Thruway when Hurtado hit 117 miles per hour, presenting serious danger to nearby drivers.
When police realized Hurtado lied about his identity and learned his real name, they discovered he had a previous driving while intoxicated conviction from New York City. Hurtado allegedly registered a blood alcohol level of .10 and was charged with felony DWI, misdemeanor operating a vehicle without an interlock device, felony first-degree unlicensed driving, and misdemeanor second-degree criminal impersonation.
The DWI and unlicensed driving charges are felonies because Hurtado's previous DWI conviction was within the past 10 years, and because his license was revoked in connection with the same charge.
Hurtado was arraigned in New Baltimore Town Court and was sent to Albany County Jail without bail.