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Man Charged After Crash With Cruiser on Route 83

The crash took place while an offer was headed to a call.

A Vernon man is scheduled to appear in court on Jan 7 to answer a DUI charge after a crash with a police cruiser, according to an arrest report.

At 11:37 p.m. on Thursday, Officer Miriam Resnikoff was on Route 83 - Talcottville Road - en route to a call, police spokesman Lt. William Meier said. Meier added her lights and siren were on.

As the cruiser came upon the driveway to 631 Talcottville Road, Resnikoff encountered a car in the left-hand lane driven by 53-year-old Robert Utz, who lives at that address, Meier said. The car did not pull to the right and instead stopped in the left-hand lane, Meier said.

With her lights and siren still on, Resnikoff attempted to pass the vehicle on the left, Meier said. Utz then turned left into the cruiser, Meier said.

According to an arrest report, Utz was charged with driving under the influence.

Meier said neither Resnikoff nor Utz was seriously hurt.

Utz was released on a $500 bond, an arrest report indicates.

rick baldwin December 22, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Women drivers!
rick baldwin December 22, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Women cops should be behind a desk,not a wheel.
Vernon Taxpayer December 22, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Wow, hope you are not married or have any females in your family. Ask your Mom what she thinks of your comments, I would love to know. The article I read said the guy was charged with DUI. Seems to me if he was not a DUI he would have heard and seen the lights of the cruiser. I'm just glad no one was hurt and another DUI is off the road.
rick baldwin December 22, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I was just going for an underhanded laff,but you apparently don't know that a cop is never wrong.

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