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Driver Arrested for OUI (drugs) after Striking Two Utility Poles and a MV

For Immediate Release: 4/12/2017 11:19 pm

Worcester, MA (April 12, 2017) - On Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at approximately 12:09 PM, Worcester Police responded to the area of 1140 Main Street for a reported motor vehicle accident. Upon the officers arrival they observed two vehicles that were involved in a crash. Police observed a male on the ground receiving medical attention. The male, later identified as Robert Kniskern, Jr., was treated at the scene and then transported to a nearby hospital.

According to witnesses, Mr. Knisken, was traveling northbound on Main Street, near 1163 Park Ave Auto, when the vehicle that he was operating suddenly struck an aluminum light pole. The impact knocked the utility pole down. As a result of the that collision, the vehicle crossed into the opposing travel lanes and struck a second aluminum utility pole in the area of 1140 Main Street. The impact knocked the second pole to the ground. After striking the second pole the vehicle then crashed into a motor vehicle being operated by a 56-year-old male. Mr. Kniskern’s vehicle finally came to a stop.

Police at the scene were told that Mr. Kniskern appeared to have been slumped over the driver’s wheel prior to the collision.

Officers observed drug paraphernalia inside the Kniskern vehicle. Prior to Mr. Kniskern’s transportation to the hospital, officers were able to have conversation with him. Officers were able to determine, based on evidence at the scene, and their observations and conversation with Mr. Kniskern, that he was operating a MV under the influence of Narcotics.

A check on Mr. Kniskern revealed that he had two outstanding arrest warrants in effect. Mr. Kniskern was placed under arrest and charged with OUI (drugs), Operating a MV to Endanger/Negligent Operation, and Operating a MV after a Suspended License (3rd and Subsequent Offense).

Mr. Kniskern’s MV was towed from the scene and secured while officers obtained a search warrant. With the assistance from members of the Crash Reconstruction Unit, a search warrant was obtained. The search of Mr. Kniskern’s vehicle produced a hypodermic needle and syringe along with a bottle of 50MG Natrexone Hydrochloride.

There were no other injuries reported at the scene.

Mr. Kniskern will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Courthouse.

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