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CLAVERACK–Oguz Alkan, 48, of Plainview was charged with leaving an unattended motor vehicle and parking on the pavement by Sheriff’s Sergeant John DeRocha, November 30 at 5:55 p.m.

Mr. Alkan was involved in a personal injury automobile crash on Stottville Road that also involved a marked Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle.

Mr. Alkan, who was the driver of a pickup truck owned by Translord Transport, LLC of Fairview, New Jersey towing a car trailer. The trailer was parked in the driving lane without proper lighting or warning devices while Mr. Alkan was attempting to load a 1968 Cadillac onto the trailer.

Deputy David Rose was on routine patrol on Stottville Road. With no artificial lighting in the area and not seeing the trailer parked in the driving lane, the deputy attempted to avoid it. He took evasive action but was unable to avoid striking the trailer and back end of the Cadillac.

Mr. Alkan who was in the Cadillac driving it onto the trailer complained of leg pain but refused treatment from the Greenport Rescue Squad which was called to the scene by Sergeant DeRocha. Mr. Alkan must answer the charges in the Claverack Town Court December 27 at 5:30 p.m.

*Joshua Hunt, 27, of Livingston was charged with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after he was found to be driving with a suspended license during a traffic stop by Troopers D. Gardiner and J. Horton at County 29 and State Route 9H in Claverack for Vehicle and Traffic Law violations, November 25.

A check of the passengers’ licenses determined that Christopher Arsenault, 24, of Germantown was wanted by Hudson Police on a felony driving while intoxicated charge. He was turned over to Hudson Police. Mr. Hunt was issued tickets to appear in Claverack Court. He was released with another passenger who was found to possess a valid license and had no warrants.

Drugs/alcohol

The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:

*Cheryl A. Smith, 42, of Copake was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, unlicensed operation, driving without insurance and operating an unregistered motor vehicle by State Police at Livingston, November 13 at 5:45 p.m. Troopers stopped the woman on County Route 7A in Copake because her vehicle had an inadequate exhaust. A computer check with the Department of Motor Vehicles revealed Ms. Smith was unlicensed and the vehicle she was operating was unregistered and had no insurance. She allegedly had marijuana and cocaine. She was issued tickets to appear in Copake Court.

*Cody Spurge, 22, of Hillsdale was charged with driving while impaired by drugs (marijuana) by State Police at Livingston, Friday, December 2 at 9:13 p.m. Trooper Matthew Radewitz pulled Mr. Spurge over on Main Street in Philmont for a loud exhaust. A passenger in the car, Brian Morano, 22, of Hillsdale was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Both men were to appear in Philmont Court.

*Derek Krager, 39, of 14 Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated by Troopers Wayne Oles and Jerrad Weber, December 3 at 1:53 a.m. Mr. Krager was pulled over on Fairview Avenue in Greenport for driving over the fog line. His blood alcohol content tested at .25%. He was issued a ticket to appear in Greenport Court.

*Siobahn Smith, 34, of Gallatin was charged with driving while intoxicated by Trooper Eric Buchinsky, December 5, 2011 at 9:50 p.m. Mrs. Smith entered the restricted area behind the Livingston State Police Barracks, where Trooper Buchinsky was getting in his vehicle. When the trooper asked her why she was behind the station, she said she had come to the station to have her husband removed from her home. She was found to be intoxicated and a test revealed a blood alcohol content of .10%. She was ticketed to appear in Livingston Court.

*Zoe Suarez, 21, of Brooklyn was charged with driving while intoxicated and speeding by Trooper J. Crowe, November 6. She was stopped for speeding on State Route 23B in Claverack and was found to be intoxicated. She was released with tickets to appear in Claverack Court.

*Bernard Gibbons, 53, of Greenport was charged with driving while intoxicated and first degree aggravated unlicensed operation by Trooper T. Antal, November 12. He was stopped on State Route 23 in Hillsdale for Vehicle and Traffic Law violations and was found to be intoxicated and driving with a suspended and revoked driver’s license. He was arraigned in Hillsdale Court and released.

*Zachary Harris, 19, of Stuyvesant was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated unlicensed operation by Trooper C. Drozd, November 13. Mr. Harris was found at the Stuyvesant Boat Launch in possession of a Vyvanse pill, some marijuana and to be driving with a suspended license. He was released with tickets to appear in Stuyvesant Court. A passenger, Courtney Hall, 18, of Valatie was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation. She was released with tickets to appear in Stuyvesant Court.

*Peter Wallin, 41, of Chatham was charged with driving while intoxicated by Trooper C. Drozd, November 17. Mr. Wallin was stopped on Church Street in Chatham after troopers saw him drive onto the sidewalk. He was found to be intoxicated and was released with tickets to appear in Chatham Village Court.

*Majorie Bunn, 34, of Valatie was charged with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth degree criminal possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance outside its original container in violation of the state Public Health Law by Trooper M. Castle, November 17. Ms. Bunn was stopped for Vehicle and Traffic Law violations on Main Street, Valatie. She was found to possess marijuana, cocaine and assorted pills. She was arraigned in Kinderhook Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

To contact Diane Valden email dvalden@columbiapaper.com.

Emergency van wrecked

HUDSON–A 15-year-old junior Hudson firefighter took a joy ride the night of December 14, according to information from newsman Lance Wheeler. The teen, who was not identified, allegedly stole the Hudson City Fire Police’s emergency van and took a spin through the City of Hudson, tearing down a railroad/traffic light and leading law enforcement officials to Claverack, where the 1989 van stopped. The crash caused extensive damage to the engine and the emergency vehicle was totaled. The teenager is believed to have been intoxicated at the time and eyewitnesses say he first tried to take a full-sized fire truck from the station but couldn’t get it started. He was taken to Albany Medical Center and treated for possible head injuries.

 

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