Port Ewen Man Left Daughter, 16, at DWI Crash Scene
A Hudson Valley man with a number of DWI convictions was sentenced to prison. During his most recent DWI, officials say he drove almost four times over the legal limit of intoxication.
According to the Ulster County District Attorney's Office, Town of Ulster Police were called to a Pizza Hut on Ulster Avenue on Jan. 2 for a report that someone hit a vehicle in the parking lot.
When police arrived, they found the suspect had fled the scene, leaving his 16-year-old daughter.
Michael Bigler, 51, of the Connelly section of Port Ewen then walked back to the parking lot in an attempt to hide the fact that he had been driving.
Bigler was highly intoxicated, officials say. His blood alcohol level was later found to be 0.3 percent. At the time of the incident, Bigler was on probation for a prior conviction to felony aggravated DWI in May of 2014.
In Ulster County Court, Bigler was sentenced to 2-1/3 to seven years in state prison for his conviction.
Bigler has four prior convictions for driving while intoxicated, two of which are within the last ten years.