Painted Post man struck patrol car, charged with DWI

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A Painted Post man struck a marked patrol car while driving while intoxicated with a revoked driver’s license, according to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 11:45 p.m., while a deputy was assisting a motorist who had broken down on Front Street in Binghamton, a motorist driving south in a 2005 Dodge vehicle sideswiped the deputy’s marked patrol car where it was parked.

The passenger-side mirror of the vehicle struck the left rear quarter panel of the patrol car, officials said.

The driver of the vehicle, Tiko Gray, 43, of North Hampton Road in Painted Post, was administered a series of field sobriety tests and taken into custody.


Gray’s driver’s license had been revoked due to a prior arrest for driving while intoxicated in 2013, investigators determined. His vehicle was also missing the ignition interlock device he was required to use.

Gray was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, aggravated driving while intoxicated (having been convicted within the past 10 years), both felonies. He also was charged with failure to use an ignition interlock device, a misdemeanor, and the following violations: moving from lane unsafely, failure to use due care while approaching an emergency vehicle, and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

He was remanded to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,000 cash bail, and the vehicle he was operating was towed from the scene.

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