Injured driver charged after 1-car crash

National Grid crews replace a pole that was damaged in an accident Sunday night on Route 9G in Germantown. Bill Williams/Columbia-Greene Media

GERMANTOWN — A Dutchess County woman was arrested early Monday morning following a one-car accident in Germantown, Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K, said.

Michelle Rivero, 40, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with driving while intoxicated, a class U misdemeanor, Hicks said.

At about 11:50 p.m. on Sunday, Columbia County 911 sent Livingston Fire Company and Northern Dutchess Paramedics to Route 9G, in the area of County Route 10, after receiving reports that a car struck a utility pole.

When Livingston arrived in the area, they discovered that the accident was actually about one mile south, in the Germantown Fire District. Germantown was requested to respond to the crash.

A 2005 Toyota Celica was being driven south on Route 9G by Rivero, who lost control of the car, leaving the road and hitting the utility pole, Hicks said.

When firefighters arrived, they reported that there was no driver with the vehicle. Rivero was taken to Columbia Memorial Health with minor injuries.

After being charged, Rivero was issued appearance tickets for Town of Germantown Court, Hicks said.

Route 9G was down to one lane of alternating traffic until the car was towed from the scene.

National Grid responded to replace the pole.

State Police investigated.

All firefighters were back in service by 12:40 a.m.

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