Police: Drunk Hudson Valley Man Crashes Van Into Ditch
A Hudson Valley man, with a prior DWI, is accused of crashing his van nearly four times over the legal limit of intoxication.
On Tuesday around 6:15 Town of Kent police were sent to an accident on Route 52 near Horsepound Road.
An arriving officer spotted a van in a ditch and the driver standing outside of his vehicle. The officer noticed that the driver, 51-year-old Michael Collins of Kent was allegedly unsteady on his feet and could smell alcohol coming from Collins.
Collins was arrested for DWI after he failed a series of sobriety tests, police say.
Collins was additionally charged with aggravated DWI when a test of his blood alcohol level gave a .30% reading, over three times the legal limit of intoxication, officials say.
The charges were elevated to a felony when a computer check revealed Collins has a previous DWI conviction within the past 10 years.
Collins was released to a family member and ordered to appear in Kent Court on May 24.
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