This morning at 6:40 a.m., Saugerties Police responded to a 911 call reporting a head-on collision between a tractor trailer and pickup truck on Rt. 32 in the town of Saugerties. Police investigation established that Robert T. Provost, 23, of East Durham, was traveling south on Rt. 32 in a Toyota Tundra pickup when he crossed the double yellow line into the path of a Mack tractor trailer traveling north, and being operated by Jimmie L. Hawkins, 59, of Maryland. Hawkins attempted to swerve out of the path of the pickup, however Provost’s vehicle sideswiped the tractor trailer, causing extensive damage to the pickup. No injuries were sustained in the crash.
Further investigation determined that Provost was intoxicated and subsequently was taken into custody and processed at Saugerties Police Headquarters on a DWI charge. According to police, Provost’s BAC was three times the legal limit. Provost was released to a third party and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Saugerties Justice Court to answer his charges.