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Police: Driver faces charges after slamming into D.A.R.E. car

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    A Hudson police officer was injured after a crash at the intersection of North Sixth and Columbia streets on Wednesday. Sarah Trafton/Columbia-Greene Media
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    A Hudson man was charged with driving while ability impaired after a crash involving the Hudson Police Department’s D.A.R.E. vehicle in the city on Wednesday. Sarah Trafton/Columbia-Greene Media
March 20, 2019 07:43 pm Updated: March 23, 2019 02:23 am

 

HUDSON — A Columbia County man was charged with marijuana possession and driving while ability impaired after he struck the Hudson Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E.,vehicle used to teach children about the dangers of using drugs, police said.

The crash occurred at the intersection of North Sixth and Columbia streets just after 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to a statement released by the Hudson Police Department.

Montel D. Patel, 18, of Hudson, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and driving while ability impaired by drugs, violations under state law. He was ticketed for vehicle and traffic violations.

Patel, who police said was driving a 2016 black Honda Accord, struck the D.A.R.E. vehicle driven by Hudson police Officer Jacob Hoffman at the intersection.

The D.A.R.E. vehicle was hit in the driver’s-side door. Hoffman, who serves as school resource officer in the Hudson City School District, was driving the department’s 2000 BMW, which was confiscated in a drug seizure and converted into the D.A.R.E. vehicle.

The vehicle was totaled in the crash, police said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, police said.

Hoffman, who was injured in the crash, was taken to Columbia Memorial Health, 71 Prospect Ave., for evaluation, police said.

The full extent of his injuries was not immediately known. Hoffman was able to call fellow officers for assistance immediately after the crash, police said.

“It appears the injuries are minor, and it certainly could have been worse,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a statement Wednesday.

Patel complained of pain, but declined medical treatment at the scene. His passenger, a 16-year-old from Hudson, was uninjured but taken to Columbia Memorial Health as a precaution. Police have not released the name of the passenger.

State police are assisting city police with the investigation.

Check back for more information on this developing story.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@thedailymail.net, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.