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Deputies: Intoxicated Waterloo man sends officer to hospital after crashing into police car

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office says a man was intoxicated when he crashed into a police cruiser on Wednesday night.
Waterloo (WSYR-TV) - The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office says a man was intoxicated when he crashed into a police cruiser on Wednesday night.

Deputies say 71-year-old Josef Ufholz of Waterloo was intoxicated when his vehicle struck a police cruiser on Waterloo Geneva Road at 9:32 p.m.

Ufholz crossed the center line and attempted to make a left hand turn in front of an eastbound Waterloo Police car causing the crash, the Sheriff’s Office reports.

26-year-old Waterloo Patrolman James Chechak of Waterloo suffered a minor head injury and was brought to Geneva General Hospital as a safety precaution before being released, deputies said.

Ufholz complained of wrist pain, but deputies say he denied medical treatment.

Deputies say a college intern was in the police car during a ride along program when the crash occurred, but was not injured.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene.

Ufholz was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, DWI Operating with .08 of 1% or more and failure to yield the right of way while making a left turn.

He was arraigned in the Town of Waterloo Court and remanded to the Seneca County Jail in lieu of $3,500 bail or $7,000 bond.

Ufholz is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Waterloo Court on Monday, Dec. 9.

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