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Man Charged With Vehicular Assault After Amenia Crash

Jorge Mesinas-Lopez
Jorge Mesinas-Lopez Photo Credit: New York State Police

AMENIA, N. Y. -- A 24-year-old Salisbury, Conn., man is facing criminal charges including DWI after New York State Police say the car he was driving hit a tree and injured his passenger Sunday on State Route 343 near Amenia.

The car's 24-year-old passenger was taken to Mid-Hudson Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, police said. The car's driver, Jorge Mesinas-Lopez, is charged with felony driving while intoxicated, along with the felonies of first-degree vehicular assault, first-degree falsifying business records, and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, in addition to traffic violations, police said.

Troopers responded to the 911 call at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday to State Route 343 near Sharon Station Road. The car had been travelling in the westbound lane when it left the road and hit a tree, police said.

Police said officers determined that the driver was intoxicated and driving on revoked privileges because of a prior DWI conviction in the last 10 years. Troopers said the driver gave them a false name initially.

He was being held on $100,000 bond in the Dutchess County Jail pending a Monday court appearance in Amenia.

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