Driving under influence charged


TOWN OF LYONSDALE — A man taken into custody for driving under the influence following a one-vehicle accident in which he left the scene, was additionally charged with grabbing a deputy after being processed at Lewis County Public Safety Building Monday.

Lewis County Sheriff's deputies said a civilian complaint was received that a vehicle had been involved in a crash on Lyons Falls Road. During an investigation, it was learned that Craig S. Kratzenberg, 51, of 10641 Woodgate Road, Woodgate, was the driver and that while intoxicated, his pickup left the roadway and became disabled in a ditch around 7:20 p.m., deputies said.

Kratzenberg was transported to Lewis County Public Safety Building where he refused to submit to a chemical test to determine his blood-alcohol level. He was then brought to Lyonsdale Town Court for a virtual hearing, where he was arraigned on the charges of driving while intoxicated, uninspected motor vehicle and moving from lane unsafely. His license was suspended as a result pending a state Department of Motor Vehicles hearing.

Once released from the public safety building, deputies said Kratzenberg refused to cooperate with orders from deputies and entered a restricted area of the sheriff's office. He had to be physically restrained and while being escorted to the exit door, Kratzenberg continued to struggle with deputies and grabbed the groin and duty belt equipment of one deputy.

Kratzenberg was again taken into custody and additionally charged with trespass, second-degree harassment and resisting arrest. He will appear in Lowville Village Court.


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