Wrong-way driver charged with DUI #2 after head-on crash in Sunderland

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SUNDERLAND — A 39-year-old man from Springfield was charged with his second DUI following an incident in Sunderland back in October.

Police say they were notified of a hit-and-run crash on US Route 7 on October 31, 2022.

According to the report, Christopher J. Cole was traveling north in the southbound lane for several miles at a high rate of speed.

Troopers observed Cole traveling at around 90 miles-per-hour and was operating in a negligent manner.

Cole ultimately collided into a vehicle on US Route 7, then proceeded to leave the scene of the accident.

Cole continued to drive directly at several vehicles that were traveling south, almost causing numerous head-on collisions.

Police say he continued to drive north in the southbound lane until he collided into a TT unit.

State Police received Cole’s toxicology results, which showed his blood alcohol content was over the legal limit.

He is being charged with DUI #2, gross negligent operation, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, and animal cruelty.

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