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Christmas Eve crash in Morristown leads to arrest of Onondaga man


MORRISTOWN — An Onondaga man faces multiple charges after he flipped his vehicle in a ditch on Christmas Eve.

State police charged Tyler F. Bucktooth, 32, Nedrow, on Tuesday with felony second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device, moving from lane unsafely and failure to submit to a chemical test.

Police allege that Mr. Bucktooth was heading south about 4 p.m. on Route 37 in his sport utility vehicle in the town of Morristown when he drifted into the southbound-traffic shoulder of the road at the intersection of High Street and struck a street sign and snowbank, causing the vehicle to overturn and land on its roof.

Morristown Fire Chief Kevin J. Crosby said Mr. Bucktooth was trapped when first responders arrived at the scene. They removed him from the vehicle through the rear window.

“We found him in the back of the vehicle where the hatch is,” Chief Crosby said. “It could have been a lot worse if there were more people in there. He was probably 15 to 20 feet off the road in the ditch.”

Mr. Bucktooth was taken to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, by Morristown Volunteer Rescue Squad with complaints of pain to his left arm and his head. He was treated and released.

Mr. Bucktooth is to answer the charges inTown Court.

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