Updated 02/27/2013 07:11 PM
Charges filed in connection to hit and run in North Greenbush
The chief of the North Greenbush Ambulance Association is facing charges after authorities say he was the driver involved in a hit and run. Erin Connolly has more.
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NORTH GREENBUSH, N.Y. -- As the Chief of the North Greenbush Ambulance Association, Benjamin Bornhorst, 27, is used to responding to accidents, but police say Tuesday night, he caused an accident, all while allegedly under the influence of alcohol.
North Greenbush Police Chief Rocco Fragomeni said, "When you mix alcohol with driving, the results can be very tragic."
Police say just before 8 p.m. Tuesday, Bornhorst was driving northbound on Route 4 when he hit a pedestrian from behind, Stven Ernye, 53, of Defreestville. Ernye was walking home from Cumberland Farms after buying groceries when he was struck by the truck with a plow attached. After rescuers arrived, police say Bornhorst drove off.
Fragomeni said, "When our officers arrived, the rescuers gave a description of the vehicle and our officers caught up with him two miles up the road and arrested him without incident."
And this isn't the first time a member of the Bornhorst family has been in trouble with the law. In 2003, Bornhorst's brother, Daniel, was convicted of killing someone while driving drunk.
As for Benjamin Bornhorst, he was arraigned and posted bail. He's facing a number of charges, including driving while intoxicated, vehicular assault and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.
Fragomeni said, "Certainly you try to set a good example when you're in the public eye. An EMT, paramedic, firemen or police officer and when we set as public officials or rescuers as you will, a bad example it says to the public if they don't obey the rules why should we follow them."
West Sand Lake resident Judy Roberts said, "If he was drunk, then you have to take responsibility for your actions. I don't care who you are, whether you're the police, the pope, anybody."
As for the victim Eryne, he's currently at Albany Med with serious, but non life threatening injuries, including multiple broken bones. The investigation of this accident continues. If you have any information, call North Greenbush Police.