CORTLAND, N.Y. — Nearly four months after the incident occurred, a Cortland man faces a slew of charges in connection with a car crash at a local gas station earlier this year.
Darwin M. Stickle, 41, was arrested and arraigned in Cortlandville Town Court on an extensive list of charges last week, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.
In the early evening hours of January 17, 2018, Stickle drove head-on into a fuel pump at the Kwik Fill gas station, located at 312 Route 13 in Cortlandville. Authorities would later reveal that just prior to the crash, Stickle was involved in a domestic argument at his mobile home on Kingsley Avenue.
Stickle is accused of striking a woman with his vehicle, causing minor injuries to her leg. He sped off in his vehicle and collided with the porch of a neighboring residence, and a parked vehicle, before exiting the trailer park. He then drove across the Route 13 highway, where he intentionally crashed his vehicle into the gas pump of the Kwik Fill gas station, Lt. Todd Caufield said.
The Cortlandville Fire Department and TLC Ambulance responded to the scene, and Stickle was quickly transported to Upstate University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Sheriff’s deputies at the scene allege that Stickle was under the influence of alcohol during the incident.
Stickle is charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a felony; third-degree assault; driving while intoxicated; endangering the welfare of a child; reckless driving; two counts of leaving the scene of an accident without reporting; and numerous vehicle and traffic violations.
Stickle was released and given a future court date of May 14.
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