Car accidents can be scary events. They are ones that are unexpected, and are of course a difficult situation to process. What can make a hard time even more challenging is a motorist facing criminal charges following such an incident. This can cause an overwhelming matter to impact an individual in many ways, often making it difficult to navigate it.

Following a single car collision of Red Mill Road, New York State Police were dispatched to the scene of the collisions. Based on reports, the Honda Civic struck a tree and a utility pole. While police were investigating the matter and speaking with the driver, officers claim they saw signs of impairment.

This suspicion led officers to make an assessment, which led to their conclusion that the 23-year-old male driver was impaired by drugs at the time of the crash. This further led to the search of the man’s vehicle, which resulted in officers discovering over 9 grams of Oxycodone Hydrochloride, roughly 9.6 grams of Alprazolam bars and multiple baggies of marijuana, which totaled around 8.6 grams.

This investigation resulted in the man being charged with various drug charges. This included criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 4th degree, criminal sale of marijuana in the 4th degree and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs. This means he is currently facing a class C felony, a class A misdemeanor and an unclassified misdemeanor.

Drug crimes can stem from various events. This means that even when a person is involved in an automobile collision, he or she could face drug charges. Thus, it is imperative that individuals are prepared to initiate a criminal defense. Taking the time to become aware of your rights could help ensure they are protected and you take on the best defense method available to you.

Source:, “Cortlandt Car Crash Leads To Drug Charges,” Lanning Taliaferro, March 15, 2018