Man arrested for DWI after hitting two state troopers on I-90

(Photo courtesy of WRGB)

EAST GREENBUSH/ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM/WRGB) - Two state troopers were sent to the hospital and are in serious condition after being hit by a vehicle on 1-90 East in East Greenbush early Sunday morning.

According to our sister station WRGB, the troopers Brent Karow and Shane Swartz were on scene of a single vehicle property damage incident in the median at mile post marker 7.7 on I-90 around 4 a.m. Officials say flares and emergency lighting were put out to assist a tow truck in removing the vehicle from the median.

Police say a 2010 Mercury sedan driven by 26-year-old Christopher Neuman of Castleton failed to move to the right while traveling eastbound and collided with a patrol vehicle around 5:15 a.m. After hitting the car, Neuman's vehicle continued on and truck both troopers. A tow truck driver was also hit.

Trooper Karow suffered multiple lacerations, fractures and internal injuries and is listed in serious but stable condition after surgery to control internal bleeding. He is currently in ICU.

Trooper Swartz suffered multiple lacerations, fractures and internal injuries and is listed in serious but stable condition. He is undergoing surgery at this time that is expected to take 6 to 7 hours.

Tow truck operator Jeffrey Waite Sr. suffered a laceration to his head and was admitted.

Neuman suffered a laceration on his face and other minor injuries and was treated and released.

Neuman has been charged with first degree vehicular assault, DWI, and numerous other vehicle and traffic law violations. He is currently in State Police custody and will be arraigned later today.



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