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Madison County man accused of going on wild ride while drunk

BRIDGEWATER, N.Y. (WKTV) - Oneida County Sheriff's officials say a domestic incident in the Village of Bridgewater Friday night ended with a Leonardsville man being arrested for DWI after he crashed his car into a telephone pole.

The authorities say at some point, 32-year-old Quenten Briggs of Leonardsville became upset at a gathering of friends and got into his 1990 Jeep Wrangler and left the residence he was at and traveled through the Village of Bridgewater, then returned to the residence a few minutes later and when he pulled into the driveway, he struck a parked vehicle.

From there, the authorities say Briggs left the residence again and traveled east on Route 20 until he came to the Ace Garage located at 9680 Route 20. Briggs drove through the parking lot of Ace Garage and struck a parked pick up truck at a high rate of speed causing the parked vehicle to be turned 90 degrees.

Sheriff's officials say Briggs continued traveling through the parking lot and then through the lawn in the rear of the business which led him to the neighboring business, Slider's Tavern.

That's when they say Briggs drove behind the tavern and began driving back towards Route 20 when he lost control of his vehicle and ended up in the yard of 9662 Route 20.

The homeowner at that residence told deputies he heard the noise and looked out his window to see the white colored Jeep Wrangler drive through his yard at a high rate of speed and strike his picnic table causing it to break into pieces. and saw Briggs continue driving onto Route 20 traveling east towards Route 8.

Sheriff's officials say witnesses in that area stated that Briggs was traveling at a high rate of speed and the hood of his vehicle had opened and lodged upright so that he could not see out of his windshield. Briggs then turned Southbound onto Route 8 from Route 20 and traveled a few hundred feet before striking a telephone pole on the East shoulder of the roadway snapping the pole in half.

Briggs was transported by Bridgewater Ambulance to St. Elizabeth's Hospital for injuries he received to his head and hands.

He is charged with DWI, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to keep right and multiple counts of criminal mischief.

Briggs is scheduled to appear in the Town of Bridgewater Court at a later date to answer the charges.

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