Daniel Butash learns conditions of pre-trial release program

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The man charged with driving drunk and hitting a Broome County sheriff’s office patrol car head-on was in court Thursday to learn the conditions of his pre-trial release program.

Broome County Court Judge Kevin Dooley explained that Daniel Butash, 34, of Endicott, will be back in police custody if he doesn’t attend all of his court dates.

Judge Dooley said Butash’s license has been suspended, he’s not allowed to consume alcohol during his release and is subject to alcohol and drug evaluations.

The program is run through the Broome County Probation Department. According to the county website, the program is “an alternative to incarceration, and thus decreases potential jail days.”

12 News learned in court Thursday that Butash has no prior convictions, works at Lockheed Martin and has a wife and two children.

“I haven’t had a chance to speak with him about the facts because he was hospitalized,” said Butash’s attorney Kurt Schrader. “So I’m hoping to learn his side of the story in the next couple of hours and begin to evaluate these charges and determine on what position to take on them.”

Vestal police said he was driving the wrong way on Route 17 westbound in Vestal on Feb. 1 when he struck Deputy Kristy Botsford’s vehicle. Authorities said she suffered multiple injuries including a broken femur and ankle.

Related: Deputy involved in head-on crash released from hospital

Butash is charged with driving while intoxicated, vehicular assault and assault in the second degree. According to his attorney, he has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

He was released from the hospital on Wednesday.

Related: Man charged in head-on crash with deputy released from police custody

Nicky Hickling

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