Drunk driver flips pickup on Route 28
By Jay Braman Jr.
A Greene County man was airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Dutchess County Saturday after he crashed his truck on Route 28 in Shokan.
James T. Joyce, 29, of Cairo, was the only person involved in the accident. Officers from the Town of Olive Police Department report that the one-vehicle accident occurred in the Shokan area on state Route 28 near Longyear Road.
At approximately 2:49 p.m. on Saturday, Aug.16, officers responded to a 911 call reporting a rollover motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries.
Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed a 2004 Ford Ranger pickup truck lying on its roof on the east shoulder of the roadway, approximately 10 feet into the woods.
Joyce, the vehicle’s operator, was entrapped in the truck and was semi-conscious. He was extricated from the vehicle by fire and EMS personnel and was airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Dutchess County.
Police say an investigation conducted by officers at the scene determined that Joyce was intoxicated at the time of the accident and he was charged with DWI, speed not reasonable and prudent, and failure to keep right. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Olive Justice Court on Wednesday Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.
Officers were assisted on the scene by members of the New York State Police, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Olive Fire Department, Town of Olive First Aid Squad, and Mobile Life Support Services.