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03 June 2019
Maryland man arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and possession of ketamine following a motor vehicle accident on the Thruway.
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Douglas R. Keyer Jr.
Troop T Commander
Newburgh, NY – On May 30, 2019, at approximately 10:21 p.m., State Police responded to a one car personal injury accident on I-87 in the town of Newburgh. A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a Toyota Camry lost control of the vehicle, struck the center guide rail, crossed over both northbound lanes, and struck the earth embankment on the east shoulder. The driver, Matthew S. Hunt, 27, of Essex, MD, was determined to be impaired by drugs and found to be in possession of approximately 2.4 grams of pills containing ketamine.
Hunt was taken into custody and transported to SP Newburgh where he was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree; a Class D Felony, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree; a Class A Misdemeanor, Manufacturing Drug Paraphernalia; a Class A Misdemeanor, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs; an Unclassified Misdemeanor, and several Vehicle and Traffic Violations.
Hunt was then transported to St. Luke’s Hospital for a blood test. He was later arraigned before the Town of Newburgh Court where he was remanded to Orange County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash or $4,500 bond. A return court date of June 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. has been set.
A passenger in the vehicle was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and faced no criminal charges.
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