Man lands second DWI charge after second accident in 2 weeks

It’s deja vu for a Pomfret man accused of driving while intoxicated during an accident for the second time in less than two weeks.

According to the Fredonia Police Department, Kenneth Bittner Sr., 62, of Webster Road smashed a van into a tree Friday around 4 p.m. on Matteson Street in the village of Fredonia. Bittner was allegedly traveling west when he left the roadway and struck the tree, located in front of 26 Matteson St. Significant damage was done to the van.

Bittner reportedly escaped injury and refused medical treatment at the scene. He was also charged with driving on the shoulder of a roadway and refusal to take a breath test.

This incident follows less than two weeks after Bittner allegedly ran over a fire hydrant and struck a sign post at the intersection of Temple and Church streets in Fredonia on June 17. Bittner reportedly was heading south on Temple Street and turned west onto Church Street around 2:30 in the afternoon, resulting in the accident.

The damaged hydrant sent a torrent of water down Temple Street, resulting in lost water costs and overtime wage expenses for the village. The hydrant has since been replaced.

Bittner was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI and leaving the scene of a property damage accident as a result of the June 17 incident.