October 31, 2011

Cornell Graduate Student Charged With DWI After Hit and Run Crash

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The Ithaca Police Department charged Cornell Bradford Condon grad with driving while intoxicated and fleeing the scene of a personal injury accident, a Class E felony.

Police say Robert Gates, 69, was crossing Buffalo Street at 1:40 a.m. on October 22 when Cordon struck him with his 2009 gray Subaru, The Ithaca Journal reported, citing court documents. Condon fled the scene, police said.

Following the accident, Gates was first taken by ambulance to Cayuga Medical Center before being transferred to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse where he was hospitalized with severe head trauma, according to The Ithaca Journal.

Condon turned himself in to police approximately a half hour after the hit-and-run took place, The Journal reported. He admitted to drinking three or four beers at a friend’s house before getting in his car to drive home and hitting Gates, police said.

Alcohol could be detected on Condon’s breath when he turned himself in early Saturday morning, The Journal reported, citing reports from Ithaca Police officials and court papers. He also exhibited glassy eyes, impaired speech, impaired motor skills and failed three sobriety tests, police said.

Condon was released on $5,000 bail and will be arraigned in Ithaca City Court on Wednesday, The Ithaca Journal reported.

Original Author: Jesella Zambrano