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Cortland Man Flees Car Accident on Foot – Found to be Intoxicated

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Officers from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Sunday, November 12th in the area of Crestwood Court and Route 281 in Cortlandville.

The Sheriff’s Office says the sole occupant and the operator of the vehicle, identified as 26 year old Joseph A. Bernhardt of Cortland, had fled the scene on foot. Officers were able to locate Bernhardt just a short distance away where officers discovered he was intoxicated.

He was then taken to a medical facility to be treated for his injuries as a result of the crash. Bernhardt was charged by officers with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, all Misdemeanors. He was additionally charged with Unlicensed Operator and Possession of a Controlled Substance not in original container, both Violations.

Bernhardt was issued an appearance ticket for the charges listed above and uniform traffic tickets. He was released on his own recognizance and is due in Cortlandville Town Court at a later date.

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