North Greenbush (NY) Ambulance Volunteer Admits DWI Accident

The chief of the North Greenbush Ambulance Association admitted that he was drunk when he hit and seriously injured a man on Route 4 almost a year ago.

Benjamin Bornhorst appeared before Rensselaer County Judge Debra Young and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident, a felony.

He will be sentenced next month to a year in jail and five years of probation. Bornhorst opted to begin serving his sentence Tuesday and was led from the courtroom by officers as his family, some of them in tears, looked on.

Around 8 p.m. Feb. 27, Bornhorst was northbound on Route 4 in a 2004 Ford F-250 pickup truck with a snowplow blade attached when he hit pedestrian Steven Ernye from behind. Bornhorst initially stopped but left the scene of the accident after rescue crews arrived.

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