Drunk driver crashed and fled, sent to prison after seven convictions

NORWICH – A Smithville man, who was arrested last year for crashing his vehicle, fleeing the scene, and driving while intoxicated, was sent to prison this week by Judge Frank B. Revoir, Jr. after receiving his seventh “drinking and driving” conviction in Chenango County Court.

On Sept. 19, 2014, 42-year-old Mark A. Barrett was arrested for a felony DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and moving from lane unsafely after he caused a one-vehicle accident in Coventry.

It is alleged Barrett was driving his 2009 Dodge motor vehicle on State Highway 235 in the Town of Coventry when he swerved off the road. After he swerved off the road, Barrett allegedly struck a guide rail and crashed into a creek before fleeing the scene of the accident.

Chenango County Sheriff's Office deputies said that after running away, Barrett hid in the tree line near where he crashed his car, but a civilian allegedly found him and identified Barrett as the driver.

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