Impaired driver charged with causing three-car crash in Red Hook

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RED HOOK – A Kingston man has been arrested after he rear-ended a vehicle on Route 9 near the intersection of Freleigh Lane in Red Hook shortly before 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Red Hook Police said Rolyan Ramirez, 40, was driving a 2013 Dodge southbound on Route 9 when he failed to see a vehicle in front of him stopped to turn left onto Freleigh Lane.

He struck the rear end of the vehicle, a Toyota minivan being driven by a 38-year-old Red Hook man, which caused that vehicle to travel into the northbound lane, striking a northbound Toyota being driven a 29-year-old Germantown woman.

The Toyota went off the road and struck a utility pole snapping it in half. That driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to Northern Dutchess Hospital for treatment.

Ramirez originally fled the scene on foot but was caught by a state trooper on Echo Valley Road.

He was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired, leaving the scene of an accident, driving without a license, and several traffic tickets.

He was processed and released on tickets pending a future court appearance.

Red Hook Police were assisted at the scene by State Police, Red Hook Fire Department and Northern Dutchess Paramedics.