Car accident leads to multiple drug charges for Chittenango man

Hunter Brightman (Madison County Sheriff's Office)

A motor vehicle accident in Madison County led to a man being arrested on multiple drug charges.

According to the Madison County Sheriff's Office, a deputy responded to a two-car motor vehicle accident on Route 31 in the Town of Lenox.

While at the scene, one of the drivers, Hunter W. Brightman, 48, of Chittenango, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, several glass methamphetamine pipes, a hypodermic needle and marijuana. A further investigation determined that Brightman may have also possessed methamphetamine manufacturing material at two other separate locations.

According to authorities, search warrants were executed at 236 Genesee St. apartment 3 in the Village of Chittenango and also at 714 Fyler Rd. in the Town of Sullivan. The Genesee Street warrant yielded several containers containing methamphetamine, hypodermic needles, methamphetamine pipes and several prescription drugs. When investigators searched the Fyler Road location, a methamphetamine lab was located in the garage. The residence was then secured and New York State CCSERT responded and collected the methamphetamine from within the garage, authorities said.

Brightman was charged with two counts of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, class D felonies; five counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, class A misdemeanors; and unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of a hypodermic instrument, a class A misdemeanor. He also faces several traffic violations.

Brightman was arraigned at the Chittenango Village Court and was remanded to the Madison County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He will re-appear in court at a later date.

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