Village of Albion Mayor Michael Hadick was driving from a friend’s house Sunday night when he allegedly swerved to miss a deer, pulled back onto the roadway and then flipped the vehicle he was driving. Hadick was subsequently charged with failure to keep right, speed not reasonable or prudent, driving while intoxicated and he had a blood alcohol content of .12 percent.

The motor vehicle accident occured at approximately 10 p.m. on East Countyhouse Road in the Town of Albion, about a half mile from Route 98, Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess said.

Hadick was the only passenger in the vehicle and received minor injuries from the accident but refused medical treatment from ambulance crews who responded to the call, according to Hess.

“From what I was told by the officers at the scene was he was injured but he signed off with the ambulance personnel that he did not need treatment,” Hess said.

Both Hadick and Albion Village Attorney John Gavenda did not return calls made by The Journal-Register on Monday.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department as well as members of the Albion Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene, Chief Deputy Thomas Drennan said. The accident, which left Hadick’s vehicle bottom-side up in the road, was called in by a nearby resident.

“He had claimed that he swerved to miss a deer and when he came back on the road he flipped his vehicle,” Drennan said. “The vehicle landed on its roof in the middle of the road.”

Officers conducted field sobriety tests at the scene of the crash and determined Hadick was under the influence of alcohol, according to Drennan.

“(He was) placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated and once back at the office he submitted to a chemical test,” he said.

Hadick was charged by Deputy Michael Mele and released on appearance tickets. He will return to Albion Town Court on Tuesday June 12. Drennan said this case will not be treated any differently than other DWI or motor vehicle accidents under the department’s jurisdiction.

“It’s a typical DWI arrest — unfortunately it was the mayor of Albion,” Hess said.

Contact reporter Miranda Vagg at 798-1400, ext. 2225.

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