Man claims he was drunk after crashing truck

NORWICH – A man accused of driving while intoxicated appeared in Chenango County Court for a hearing disputing the cause of his arrest and if his past legal troubles could be used against him at a future trial.

Robert G. Niles, is charged with DWI for allegedly crashing his Toyota pick-up truck near his home on Corbin Road in Afton on Oct. 28 after allegedly drinking prior to the accident at his place of employment.

Seven year veteran New York State Trooper Craig T. Starr testified at the hearing.

“I came up on the Toyota pick-up in a ditch, empty. I looked in and around the vehicle and noticed an odor of alcohol and beer cans scattered inside the vehicle. As I was doing this, a man with a flash light came walking down the road,” said Starr.

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