Driver charged with drugged driving suffers serious injuries

GLENMONT — A woman and two children had minor injuries when their car was hit Tuesday afternoon by a man who failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection of River and Glenmont roads, police say.

Russell E. Schwimmer, 26, of Glenmont was charged with driving with ability impaired by drugs, failing to yield at an intersection, and possession of marijuana.

Schwimmer was extricated from his 2011 Ford Focus by the Selkirk Fire Department and transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital with serious injuries, according to a release from Bethlehem Police. He is scheduled to appear in Bethlehem Town Court on May 1. Additional charges are pending.

Sarah R. Dujack, 27, of Selkirk, was traveling southbound on River Road when, at about 3:18 p.m., her 2003 Volkswagon Jetta was hit, the release says. Dujack, and two passengers — a 4-year-old child and a 5-month-old baby — were transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital for minor injuries and evaluation.

In addition to the Selkirk Fire Department, the Bethlehem Police were helped at the scene by Delmar-Bethlehem Emergency Medical Services and Albany County Paramedics. The roadway was closed for an hour.

The crash remains under investigation and police are requesting that anyone who witnessed the crash contact them at 518-439-9973.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

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