Man charged with DWAI after Newburgh accident


NEWBURGH – A New Paltz man has been ticketed after police say he caused an accident on Mill Street Friday afternoon.  The accident sent a mother and her two children to the hospital for evaluation.

Police officials announced the arrest of 38-year-old Randy Cook on misdemeanor charges of DWAI – drugs and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police say that Officer Robert Ambrosetti came upon a serious rollover motor vehicle accident in the area of 16 Mill Street at 4:45 p.m. on March 18.  Ambrosetti immediately called for paramedics and began an assessment of the three occupants of the overturned vehicle; a woman and her two children.

The three passengers were complaining of minor injuries and to the hospital by ambulance for evaluation.

The driver of the second vehicle, Randy Cook, was found to have run the stop sign at Mill and Ann Streets, striking the victim’s vehicle and causing it to overturn. 

Cook failed the field sobriety test at the scene.  He was detained for suspicion of driving while impaired and found to also be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine.

Cook was processed at police headquarters and released with an appearance ticket pending a future court date. 

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