Camden man charged following Oswego County accident, three-hour manhunt

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TOWN OF WILLIAMSTOWN — Three people, including two children, were hospitalized following a head-on crash in Oswego County Sunday night. Law enforcers said the Camden man responsible for the accident led law enforcers on a three-hour manhunt. State police said Hunter O. Grass, 21, of 11613 Route 13, was southbound driving drunk on McConnell Road at about 8:40 p.m. when his 1999 pickup truck went off the east shoulder, crossed a grassy area and then entered the northbound lane of Route 13. Troopers said Grass’ pickup crashed head-on with a 2004 Saturn.

Troopers said Grass fled the crash on foot, prompting a state police K-9 and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s helicopter to begin a search of the area. Law enforcers said the hunt for Grass lasted roughly three hours before he was found hiding in the bed of a pickup truck on Miller Road West in the Town of Florence, just over the Oneida County line.

The Saturn was driven by Joshua E. Carpenter, 31, authorities said. Carpenter and his young passengers, ages 7 and 10, were taken to University Hospital in Syracuse with internal injuries, troopers stated.

Grass is charged with three counts of second-degree vehicular assault, a class E felony, and one count each of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, troopers said. He was arraigned in Town Court and was sent to Oswego County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

He is scheduled to reappear in court.

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