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January 10, 2013

Police: Man stole car, fled DWI wreck

An Oneonta man accused of drunken driving was hospitalized Wednesday pending arraignment on felony counts alleging theft of a vehicle and fleeing an accident scene, Oneonta police said.

Robert W. Lyons, 23, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, both felonies, and aggravated driving while intoxicated, Lt. Douglas Brenner said.

Lyons had a bump on his head after the crash Tuesday night and was taken to A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in the city and admitted Wednesday for observation, Brenner said.  

The 6:47 p.m. crash Tuesday happened at Main Street and Ford Avenue when Lyons drove the stolen vehicle into a stopped Chevrolet Suburban driven by Jamie Osborne, 31, of Schenevus, police said.

Osborne and her 9-year-old daughter, who had a non-life-threatening injury, were taken to A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital by Oneonta ambulance crews, but further details weren’t available, police said.

According to the incident report, the vehicle owner saw his Ford Bronco, which had been parked on South Main Street, being driving away and he called 911, Brenner said.

After the crash, Lyons fled on foot and a witness helped police locate him near St. James’ Episcopal Church, police said. Lyons again tried to flee but was apprehended.

Lyons also was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, resisting arrest and eight vehicle and traffic tickets, including unlicensed operator and speeding in zone, police said.

Lyons’ arraignment in Oneonta City Court is pending his release from the hospital, Brenner said.

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