On Sunday, May 17th, 2020, at around 9:44 P.M., Officers, and EMS personnel responded to the 1200 block of Court St. for a motor vehicle collision. Calls were made to 911 that a Mercedes had just crashed into another vehicle and that the driver fled with an alcoholic beverage in his hand.
Upon Officers arrival, they found the driver of the Mercedes who was being treated by EMS Personnel. The driver, Lee Williams 48 appeared to be heavily intoxicated and was struggling with first responders.
Eventually, the male was able to be controlled. The investigation revealed the following; Williams was operating his 2008 Mercedes in the 1200 block of Court St. when he collided into the rear of a 2015 Toyota with one, 42-year-old male occupant.
After the collision, Williams proceeded to exit his vehicle and flee the scene. He was caught a short time later by EMS personnel in the 1300 block of Court St. During the time Williams had fled from his car and dealing with EMS, he had dropped two stacks of cash valued at approximately 18 thousand dollars.
A citizen in the area, Mark Lockwood, of Syracuse, located the money and promptly turned it over to police. Williams was later determined to have been under the influence of alcohol during the collision and was subsequently arrested and charged with DWI and various other moving violations stemming from the crash.
Both Williams and the operator of the other vehicle involved were both transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital with minor injuries. The Syracuse Police would like to commend Mark Lockwood for his actions.