SCHOHARIE COUNTY – A Richmondville drunken driving suspect attacked first responders after a crash last week in the town of Seward, state police said.
The suspect, Liam M. O’Connor, 37, of Richmondville, was charged with one count of second-degree assault, as well as misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, troopers said.
The incident happened just before 9 p.m. Wednesday when state police responded to a one-car crash at the intersection of Route 165 and Route 10 in Seward, troopers said.
The investigation determined O’Connor had been traveling east on Route 165 when he failed to stop at a stop sign and hit a guardrail on the eastern shoulder. His vehicle then continued into a pasture, where he struck a livestock fence. Speed is believed to have been a factor, troopers said.
The responding trooper then detected alcohol on O’Connor’s breath and saw signs of impairment, state police said.
Paramedics also responded to the scene to treat O’Connor for injuries from the crash, but O’Connor “violently resisted arrest attempted to kick a Schoharie County Sheriff’s Deputy and firefighters when they assisted in putting O’Connor in a patrol car” for transport to the state police barracks, troopers said.
Once at the station, O’Connor was given and failed field sobriety tests. He also provided a breath sample that tested at a BAC of 0.14 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08, troopers said.
He was arraigned and ordered held to return to court later.