NYSP: Man charged for crashing stolen car while impaired

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A Port Leyden man is facing charges after State Police say he crashed a stolen car in Durhamville.

Troopers say Robert S. Matuszczak Jr., age 53, of Port Leyden, was charged with DWAI-drugs following a rollover on State Route 31 at about 8:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17.     

State Police were dispatched to Route 31 near Sterling Road in Durhamville where they found Matuszczak operating a 2012 Ford Focus westbound on Route 31 when the vehicle crossed over the eastbound lane and drove off the roadway. 

Troopers say the vehicle struck a culvert, went into the air, and then landed on its side in a ditch.  

Matuszczak was extricated from the vehicle by members of the Durhamville Fire Department and transported by ambulance to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. 

Police say Matuszczak was in possession of a quantity of heroin and Alprazolam and was impaired by the use of drugs. 

Matuszcak was charged with DWAI-drugs, 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a controlled substance 7th degree and other traffic charges and is scheduled to appear in Verona town court next week.

Police say Matuszczak is facing more charges, as the Ford Focus he was driving had been reported stolen from a construction site in Lewis County earlier that morning. 

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation into the stolen car.
 

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