Clay man charged with felony

Sheriff's Deputies arrested Clifton Reynolds, 35, of 8406 Gaskin Road, Friday May 21 upon his release from Upstate University Hospital on felony charges and lodged him at the Onondaga County Justice Center. He was arraigned in Clay Town Court and Judge Christopher Gaiser remanded Reynolds to the Justice Center in lieu of $35,000 cash/$60,000 bond for the Clay charges and $15,000 cash/$30,000 bond on the Lysander charges.

At approximately 8:57 p.m. Thursday May 20, Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 8400 block of River Road, to investigate a head-on crash. Witnesses told deputies that a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer operated by Reynolds was traveling south at a high rate of speed when he crossed the center line, entered the north bound lane, and crashed head-on with a 2008 Chevrolet Impala, operated by Richard Zimmerman, 23, of Baldwinsville.

Rescue crews from the Belgium Cold Springs and Moyers Corners Fire Departments responded to the scene and extricated both drivers from the wreckage. Zimmerman sustained multiple injuries and was airlifted by the Sheriff's Air-1 helicopter to University Hospital, where he is currently listed in serious condition. Reynolds, who crashed an SUV into the Pier 57 restaurant on Wednesday, was transported by ambulance to University Hospital, where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Regarding Wednesday's incident, witnesses told deputies that a 2005 Toyota Corolla, operated by Jigishaben Patel, 32, of Maple View, was traveling north on Oswego Road when she was rear ended by a the 1996 Nissan Pathfinder operated by Reynolds. The impact from that crash forced Patel's vehicle to travel approximately 50 yards before coming to a stop in the northbound lane, while Reynolds' SUV traveled through the restaurant parking lot. Reynolds' SUV struck a parked car and began rolling several times before slamming into the restaurant's front entrance.

Rescue crews from the Moyers Corners Fire Department responded to the scene and were forced to extricate Reynolds from the vehicle. Reynolds was transported to University Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No one inside the restaurant was injured and both Patel and her 5-year-old son, Kush, escaped without injury.

Sheriff's deputies charged Reynolds with common law driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated-drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the 2nd degree, imprudent speed and driving left of the center line for Wednesday's incident.

Reynolds was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, imprudent speed and failure to keep right for Thursday's incident.

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