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19 June 2019
State Police investigate a crash on the Palisades Parkway
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Pierce V. Gallagher
Troop F Commander
On June 18, 2018 at approximately 10:15 p.m., state police from Haverstraw responded to a single vehicle crash with entrapment near exit 11 in the town of Ramapo. Troopers arrived on scene and observed a male covered in mud sitting in the grass next to the vehicle. He was later identified as Michael Keyser, age 36 from Stony Point. Keyser stated that he lost control of the vehicle because of the rain and wet highway. Troopers observed another male inside the vehicle. He had to be extricated from the vehicle and was transported to Nyack Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, He was later identified as Joseph Burkert, age 50 from Stony Point.
Michael Keyser was identified as the operator of the vehicle. While being interviewed by troopers it was determined that Keyser was impaired by alcohol. He was then transported to Nyack Hospital to be evaluated by medical personal. After being evaluated he was transported to the state police barracks in Haverstraw where he was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).
Further investigation of the vehicle troopers found cocaine. Keyser was also charged with Driving While Impaired by Drugs (DWAI-Drugs) and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree. (felony). Joseph Burkert was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree.
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