Updated 09/18/2012 10:06 PM
Board member’s son arraigned after crash
We have more details in a crash and run case out of Coeymans where the driver has been arraigned after police say he crashed into an abandoned home and fled. Erin Vannella has more.
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COEYMANS, N.Y. -- We talked with police and the defendant's lawyer, who give two versions of a similar story. Here's how they say it all shakes down.
It's Jeffery E Lukens, 25, who Coeymans Police say crashed an SUV into an abandoned home on Route 143 around 3 a.m. Sunday and fled.
“As a result of him reporting that the vehicle was stolen and the fact that it wasn't reported, is why we used the search dogs and helicopter to confirm there wasn't someone injured in the woods,” Coeymans Police Chief Greg Darlington said.
Police couldn't find Lukens or his unnamed passenger that day or the next..Tuesday morning, he turned himself in.
“He's been suffering from a severe concussion for the last 48 hours. He contacted me and immediately contacted the authorities to properly report the incident and his involvement in it,” said attorney Michael Biscone.
Lukens' attorney, Michael Biscone, describes what led up to the accident in the SUV that he says police incorrectly identified as stolen
Biscone said, “The insurance agent report says some member of my client's family call to report this car stolen, not my client. He fell asleep at a wheel, had just gotten back from a three day trip to Kentucky delivering horses and hadn't slept. There was a motorcycle rally.”
Biscone attests it was on his way to the rally that Lukens crashed and suffered a concussion and his passenger an ear injury. Both wandered away and were picked up by a relative of the passenger. The passenger received hospital care. Lukens did not. Biscone says his client has no memory of the details.
Darlington said, “He's being charged with insurance fraud, obstructing government administration, offering a false instrument and criminal mischief, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, as well as several vehicle and traffic violations.”
Police blame excessive speed, not alcohol, though more charges are pending. Lukens posted bail and is in his father's custody. He says he's glad his son is alive and that he'll answer for what he's done.