The driver of an ice cream truck who was the victim of an alleged harassment earlier this year has been accused of drunk driving â?? in his ice cream truck.
According to the Fulton County Sheriffâ??s Office, around 12:10 a.m. Saturday morning 53-year-old Phillip Hollister of Gloversville was driving a â??Mr. Ding-A-Lingâ?? ice cream truck on County Route 123 in Northampton when he allegedly swerved in front of a sheriffâ??s patrol car and â??ran the car off the roadâ??.
Police say Hollister was then pulled over by the deputy and given a breathalyzer test, where he blew a .15% BAC, nearly twice the legal limit of .08% in New York State.
Brian Collis, the owner of Mr. Ding-A-Ling, says Hollister is no longer employed there. Collis says he just found out about the arrest Wednesday morning when the company received a call from the county.
â??I havenâ??t found him (Hollister) yet, but I will (fire him) when I doâ?? said Collis.
â??Weâ??re looking for the truck right now,â?? Collis added, indicating Hollister never returned it after his arrest.
Hollister was charged with driving with intoxicated. He was ticketed and is scheduled to appear in Northampton Town Court on August 15.
This past May, Hollister was the subject of a spat with a â??Sno Cone Joeâ?? ice cream truck in Gloversville. In that dispute, police said two Sno Cone Joe operators harassed and stalked Hollister after allegedly confronting him and yelling "this is my town!" at the rival Mr. Ding-A-Ling driver.
Hollister told police at the time that Sno Cone Joe owners Joshua Malatino and Amanda Scott followed his truck, played their music at high volume, and tried to lure away customers with promises of free ice cream.