On September 26, 2020, at approximately 8 a.m., State Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on State Route 11B in the town of Dickinson. While enroute, troopers located a vehicle with heavy front-end damage leaving the scene of the crash. A traffic stop was initiated on County Route 5. The operator was identified as 33-year-old Howard D. King II of Potsdam. An investigation revealed that King was traveling north on State Route 11B when he attempted to pass a horse and buggy, and struck the rear of the buggy while overtaking it. He then struck a mailbox at 65 State Route 11B, and left the scene.
The driver of the buggy, 54-year-old David A. Schlabach, and a passenger, 9-year-old Andy D. Schlabach, both of North Lawrence, were transported to the Alice Hyde Memorial Hospital in Malone with injuries. Two other occupants, 17-year-old Jonas D. Schlabach, and 14-year-old Mattie D. Schlabach, were not injured.
King was subsequently arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. His blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.10%. King was charged with DWI. He was released with tickets returnable to the Dickinson Town Court.