Utica man charged with DWI after sideswiping Pulaski statue

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A Utica man faces several charges after police say he sideswiped the Gen. Casmir Pulaski statue.

James Peterson, 29, of Herkimer Road in Utica, is charged with misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated, false personation, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and two counts of circumventing an interlocking device. He also is charged with violation counts of harassment and leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident, as well as several traffic summons.

According to Utica Police, around 2:40 a.m. Monday, officers responded to Pleasant Street and Oneida Street for a motor vehicle accident. When they arrived, there was a vehicle in the median. Upon further investigation, officers learned the car traveled into the grass median and damaged a light fixture, sideswiped the Pulaski statue and hit a tree before coming to a stop. The vehicle had heavy front-end damage.

After interviewing the driver, police conducted an investigation into his sobriety.

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