Utica man charged with 5th DWI in five years after hit & run crash

By WKTV News

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Utica man has been arrested for his 5th DWI in 5 years after crashing his vehicle, Friday.
According to Police, at approximately 6:20 p.m. on Independence Day, officers were dispatched to the Home Depot on French Rd. After a vehicle struck a sign post and fled the scene.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers found a concrete sign post had been uprooted and destroyed.
Witnesses assisted the Police's search for the vehicle and found it down the street near Chanatry's Market, with the driver still inside.
Jason A. Hammond, 29, has been arrested on multiple charges including: leaving the scene of a property damage motor vehicle accident, unlicensed operator, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle, Operating a vehicle without a required ignition interlock device, DWI and driving with .08% or greater BAC.
Officers performed a breath test on Hammond, indicating a .13% BAC and found that he was driving the car without a license due to having his driving privileges revokes after four previous DWI arrests.
He was just released from state prison a few weeks ago after serving time for this last DWI conviction.

Hammond was arraigned in Town of New Hartford Court and sent to Oneida County Jail on no bail to await his court appearance. 

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