Drunk Sparta woman charged with DWI and careless driving after pinning man against Guide Rail
40-year old Charlene Myers who struck a Sparta man and pinned him into a guide rail was charged with assault by auto, DWI and careless driving.
Charlene Myers, 40, a Seneca Lake Road resident, was charged with DWI, careless driving and fourth-degree assault by auto Sunday night after she struck and pinned a Sparta man into a guide rail while driving drunk.
According to police reports, the incident took place on Seneca Lake Road when the alleged female drunk driver struck a utility tractor that pinned Salvatore Pietropinto, 63, against a guide rail. Myers was charged with DWI, careless driving and fourth-degree assault by auto.
Sparta Sgt. John-Paul Beebe released a report which confirmed that Myers was driving under the influence of alcohol when the incident took place. Pietropinto was cleaning debris from Superstorm Sandy off his property Sunday at about 7:15 p.m. when Myers crashed her 2011 Black Jeep into Pietropinto’s parked Bobcat utility tractor.
The report stated that the impact of the crash pushed the tractor towards Pietropinto, leaving him pinned between the guide rail and tractor.
The Sparta Fire Department, Sparta police and Sparta Volunteer First Aid Squad, who assisted at the scene, were able to extricate Pietropinto from the guide rail. He was then airlifted from the Mohawk Avenue School to Morristown Medical Center where he was treated for blunt trauma and lacerations to his legs. Pietropinto was later released from the hospital the same night.
Myers was administered a series of field sobriety tests at the scene which she failed. She was arrested by Sparta Police and transported to police headquarters for a breath test. She was also processed accordingly at the headquarters and was released several hours later to a sober adult.
Officer Joseph Antonello and Det. Keith Hannam are currently investigating the incident and Myers could be facing additional charges.