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Firefighters aid in DWI arrest

November 13, 2013

TOWN OF FORESTBURGH, NY — On the evening of November 9, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a head-on collision on State Route 42 in the Town of Forestburgh. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies observed members of the Forestburgh Fire Department physically restraining one of the drivers. “The subject who caused the accident was apparently trying to leave the scene,” said Sheriff Mike Schiff. “The firemen did a good job keeping him there until the patrol arrived.”

The driver being detained was identified as Romel SanMartin, 40, of Woodridge. He was operating a Ford F350 pickup truck heading southbound toward Port Jervis when he crossed the double yellow line and struck an oncoming Ford Focus being driven by a Pennsylvania woman. There were no injuries in this accident. SanMartin, who has a revoked license, was arrested on DWI and related charges. He is currently on probation for a 2011 DWI conviction in Westchester County and is required to have an alcohol interlock system on his vehicle.