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Drunk Driver Hits Tree, Knocking Out Passenger In Putnam, Sheriff Says

Maxwell Archer,, 22
Maxwell Archer,, 22 Photo Credit: Putnam County Sheriff's Office

A 22-year-old man is facing multiple charges of DWI after driving into a tree, knocking a passenger unconscious, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Maxwell Archer, of New Milford, Conn., was charged Feb. 2 with DWI and leaving the scene of a personal injury crash in the Town of Southeast, the sheriff's office said.

Deputy Ronald Yeager was on routine patrol when he was dispatched to Cameron’s Deli, in the Town of Southeast, in response to a 911 call for the report of an unconscious female inside a vehicle.

When Yeager arrived at the location, EMS personnel were already on the scene and were attending to a 22-year-old female in the rear passenger seat of a 2004 Toyota Camry. Yeager found that the rear passenger door of the vehicle was severely dented and the window had been shattered, officials said.

Yeager said Archer and another female, who was later identified as being the front seat passenger, were standing outside the vehicle.

An investigation revealed that Archer was the driver of the vehicle and that he had a BAC of .12%. Archer told Yeager that he had hit a tree somewhere on Route 312, but could not say exactly where and that he called 911 from Cameron’s Deli to report the unconscious woman, the Sherriff's Office said.

The 22-year-old woman was revived on the scene and transported to Putnam Hospital Center complaining of neck and head pain.

An open bottle of whiskey was recovered from inside the vehicle, officials said.

Archer was charged and released.

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