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Cortland man crashes into police cruiser, charged with DWI after refusing breath test

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A Cortland man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he crashed into the back of a Broome County Sheriff’s Office patrol car in Lisle. The incident occurred when a deputy was patrolling Main Street and his vehicle was hit from behind by 26-year-old Zackary Kohout’s car.


Upon further investigation, Kohout was found to be displaying several signs of intoxication, and admitted to deputies that he had been drinking prior to the accident. Multiple alcoholic beverages were also found in his vehicle. Kohout began field sobriety testing but refused to finish and also refused to submit a breath sample to determine his BAC. As a result, he was taken into custody and charged with DWI.

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Additionally, Kohout was charged with violations of following too closely, driving at a speed not reasonable and prudent, and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle. The deputy whose car was struck sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from Wilson Hospital.

Kohout was arraigned and released on an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Lisle Court.