Hudson Valley Man Who Drove Into New York Schools Speaks Out
A Hudson Valley man is asking for forgiveness admitting he drove high and drunk when he crashed his car into a school building.
On Nov. 20 around 1:15 a.m., deputies from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office spotted a vehicle strike the Wallkill Central School District Administration building on State Route 208 in the hamlet of Wallkill and then attempt to leave the area, officials say.
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Police tried to pull the car over but the driver refused to stop, police allege.
"The vehicle continued a short distance into the hamlet of Wallkill and crashed into a telephone pole near the intersection of Bona Ventura Avenue and Lavoletta Street," the Ulster County Sheriff's Office stated in a press release.
The driver, 33-year-old Jason Hepper of Walden, New York was injured in the crash. He was taken to Garnet Health Medical Center in Middletown for treatment.
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After he was released from the hospital he was charged with DWI and reckless driving, according to NewsSource.
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On Thursday, Hepper provided details about what led to the incident, admitting he was driving drunk and high.
"That night in question I thought my cat was gonna die and I made the worst mistake of my life and drank and drove with drugs in my system. I blacked out and the next thing I remember is being on the ground with my clothes cut off," Hepper wrote on Facebook.
Hepper is a former employee of the Wallkill Central School District. He said he has no "ill will" for the school district.
"I have demons that I need to face down head on and pray everyone will be by my side as I face these demons. As for what I did that night I’m deeply, deeply, truly sorry for what I’ve done. Please pray for me as I face what I’ve done," Hepper added. "I want the world to know how sorry I am."
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