Major Carla A. DiRienzo
Troop T Commander
Phelps, NY – On June 17, 2022, at approximately 7:15 p.m., State Police received a report of a personal injury crash that occurred on I-90 in the town of Phelps. A preliminary investigation determined Michael D. Richlin, 56, of Utica, was operating a 2019 Nissan Frontier, westbound in the right lane, when he turned into the left lane striking a 2020 Kia, driven by Edward J. Miller, 65, of Honeoye, NY. Richlin continued onto the left shoulder and overturned. Richlin was found to be intoxicated while traveling with a 6-year-old child in the vehicle and was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, where he consented to a blood draw. The child was turned over to a responsible third party. No other injuries were reported.
Once released from the hospital, Richlin was transported to SP Junius Ponds for processing. He was charged with one count each of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child in the Vehicle; a Class E Felony, and Driving While Intoxicated, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Reckless Driving; all Misdemeanors. Richlin was turned over to a sober third party with appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Phelps Court on June 22, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.