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Trooper, two firefighters struck by drunk driver after becoming combative during accident investigation

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State police say one person was arrested for driving while intoxicated after becoming violent with an officer.

On February 26th at 4:54 p.m. state police in Pulaski responded to a property damage crash on State Route 11 in the town of Richland, Oswego County.


When Troopers arrived, they observed a 2022 Jeep Compass on the side of the road in a ditch. The vehicle had struck a fire hydrant and a street sign. When Troopers interviewed the driver, Crystal Woodworth, 45, of Pierrepont Manor, she appeared to be intoxicated.

Troopers escorted Woodworth out of the vehicle and as the Trooper instructed the driver through standard field sobriety tests, Woodworth struck the officer in the face and became combative. Two firefighters from the Ringgold Fire Department assisted the Trooper, as Woodworth continued to fight. 


Before getting Woodworth into custody, she struck both firefighters and bit the Trooper in the left arm. 

Crystal J. Woodworth, 45, from Pierrepont Manor was arrested on the following charges:

  • Resisting Arrest, class “A” misdemeanor
  • Obstructing Governmental Administration, class “A” misdemeanor
  • Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (BAC of .19%), an unclassified misdemeanor
  • Menacing 3rd Degree, class “B” misdemeanor
  • (4) counts of Harassment 2nd Degree, a violation

Woodworth was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Oswego County CAP Court on March 13, 2023, at 5:30 p.m.

State Police were assisted at the scene by the Ringgold Fire Department, and the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office.