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Police say Rx-drugged driver sheared off power pole and flipped car


HUDSON–The driver of a car that knocked down a power pole and wires and landed on its roof faces numerous charges, including driving under the influence of drugs.

John E. Frascello, 45, of Saugerties was charged with inadequate tires, failure to keep right, speed not reasonable and prudent, driving while ability impaired by drugs and refusal to take a breath test by Hudson Police Officer Daniel Scali at the Columbia Memorial Hospital emergency room, February 20 at 7:39 p.m.

Mr. Frascello was the driver of a 2002 Ford Taurus involved in a rollover crash on Harry Howard Avenue Monday at 4:47 p.m. Police say, Mr. Frascello was traveling south when he failed to keep right, crossed into the northbound lane, went off the road and struck a National Grid utility pole. The vehicle rolled over on its roof with telephone and cable wires falling on top of the vehicle.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took Mr. Frascello to Columbia Memorial Hospital for evaluation. He showed characteristics of being impaired by drugs. An investigation revealed that he had used hydrocodone and Xanax. He refused a chemical blood test and was charged when he was released from the hospital.

Arraigned before City Judge John Connor, Mr. Frascello was released with tickets to appear in City Court the following day.


*Kimel R. Robinson, 35, of Hudson was charged on a warrant for third degree menacing, fourth degree criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child, second degree burglary and third degree criminal mischief by Hudson Police Officer Tracey Newkirk, January 4 at 9:33 a.m.

Mr. Robinson turned himself in at the police station with his attorney.

He allegedly broke into a woman’s apartment and damaged the front door while minor children were inside, January 2. He also allegedly slashed the tires on the woman’s vehicle.

Arraigned before Judge Mark Portin, Mr. Robinson was sent to the county jail without bail.

*William T. Fernandez, 41, of Hudson was taken into custody on a bench warrant for failure to pay a fine on a fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon charge by Hudson Police Officer Kevin Sweet at 718 Columbia Street, January 5 at 4:10 p.m.

He was subsequently charged with third and fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after he was found to allegedly be in possession of 16 pieces of crack cocaine, which were packaged and ready for sale and weighed more than 500 milligrams.

He was arraigned before City Judge Mark Portin and sent to jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bail bond.

*Nancy U. Khan, 34, of Hudson was charged on a warrant for second degree assault and fourth degree criminal possession weapon by Hudson Police Officer Mishanda Franklin at the police station, January 6 at 1:18 p.m.

Ms. Khan turned herself in at the police station with her attorney. She allegedly used keys as a weapon and caused physical injury to a man’s head during a dispute at a State Street residence, January 1 at 9:12 a.m.

She was arraigned before City Judge Mark Portin and released.

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