NEWFIELD, N.Y. — The driver of a pick-up truck crossed the double yellow line on Shaffer Road in Newfield Sunday, causing a head-on collision, according to New York State Police.

Andrew P. Sampson, 27, of Horseheads, has been charged with driving while intoxicated, first-degree vehicular assault, and marijuana possession, along with several driving violations.

Sampson struck a Ford Fusion with three passengers, including a 31-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman from Newfield, and a 24-year-old woman from Enfield. All three people were airlifted to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse with serious injuries.

Sampson complained of arm pain to responders on scene and was taken to Cayuga Medical Center, where a blood draw was performed to test for alcohol or other drugs. Results from the blood test will be available in one to two weeks, according to police.

Police said Sampson did not pass standardized field sobriety tests and smelled of alcohol. He was arrested at 8:21 p.m. Sunday and arraigned in Newfield Court. He was released on bail from the Tompkins County Jail Monday morning. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 29.

A call came into dispatchers about the crash on the 700 block of Shaffer Road at 7:06 p.m. Sunday. New York State Police, Bangs Ambulance, three helicopters, Newfield Fire and Rescue, New York State Park Police and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office all responded. Investigators were on scene until about 2 a.m. Monday morning, according to police.

Devon Magliozzi contributed to this report.

This article was updated with additional information at 2:45 p.m. Monday Nov. 26. 

Kelsey O'Connor

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