Upset driver charged with DWI after wreaking havoc in Village of Bridgewater

Oneida Sheriff Robert Maciol says a Leonardsville man wreaked havoc in his Jeep Wrangler in the Village of Bridgewater in Oneida County on Friday night.

The Sheriff says Quenten Briggs, 32, of Leonardsville was involved in a domestic dispute while visiting friends in the Village of Bridgewater around 9:30 on Friday. Sheriff Maciol says Briggs became upset and got into his white 1990 Jeep Wrangler, left the residence he was at, and started driving through the Village of Bridgewater.

Briggs returned to the initial residence a few minutes later, and upon pulling back into the driveway, he struck a parked vehicle. Briggs then left the residence again and traveled east on Route 20. He came to the Ace Garage at 9680 on Route 20 and drove through the parking lot at a high rate of speed. He hit a parked pick up truck, causing the truck to turn 90 degrees. Briggs continued to drive through the parking lot onto the lawn of the rear of the business, eventually getting to the neighboring business, Slider's Tavern.

Briggs drove behind Slider's Tavern, and attempted to drive back towards Route 20 when he lost control of his Jeep and ended up in a residential yard at 9662 Route 20.

The homeowner at the house heard the noise of the Jeep and looked out to window. The homeowner watched as the Jeep drove through his yard at a high rate of speed and struck his picnic table, causing it to shatter into pieces.

Briggs continued driving on Route 20 and began traveling east towards Route 8. Witnesses say Briggs was traveling at a high rate of speed with the hood of his vehicle open and lodged upright, restricting his view of the windshield. Briggs turned south on Route 8 and traveled a few hundred feet before striking a telephone pole on the right shoulder of the road, snapping the pole in half.

Briggs was transported by Bridgewater Ambulance to St. Elizabeth's hospital for injuries he received to his head and hands.

He was charged with DWI, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to keep right and multiple counts of criminal mischief. He will appear in the Town of Bridgewater Court at a later date.