Columbia County D.A. in crash with alleged drunk driver


Ghent, NY- Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that on Monday, October 23, 2017 at approximately 8:44pm, Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s Deputies to a two vehicle personal injury accident on State Route 66, just south of Metz Road in the Town of Ghent.

Deputies found that a 2002 Chevrolet pick-up truck, operated by 62 year old Bruce Nooney of Ghent NY, was entering State Route 66 from a private driveway and struck a 2005 Volvo that was traveling southbound. The pick-up truck struck the driver’s side of the car and the impact caused the Volvo to skid from the southbound lane, across the northbound lane, coming to rest after striking a rock wall on the east side of the road. The Volvo was operated by Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka.

Mr. Nooney was transported by Chatham Rescue Squad to Columbia Memorial Hospital for neck and back pain. Mr. Czajka had shoulder pain, but was not transported to the hospital. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

Bruce A. Nooney was arrested and charged with Felony DWI-previous conviction within 10 years (Class E Felony), Refusal to submit to a breath test, and failed to yield right of way entering roadway (Both Traffic Infractions). He was issued appearance tickets at the hospital and will appear in Ghent Town Court for arraignment at a later date.

Chatham Rescue Squad and Village of Chatham Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office are Sergeant Jeffrey Hofstetter and Deputy Peter Merante.

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