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Dakota O. Cornelius of Huntington faces multiple criminal charges in dirt bike crash

— A Huntington man faces multiple charges stemming from a late January dirt bike crash that sent him and his passenger to the hospital.

Dakota O. Cornelius, 21, of 11 Pond Brook Road, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court to charges of operating under the influence of liquor causing serious bodily injury, operating under the influence of liquor on a recreational vehicle, operating an unregistered recreational vehicle on a public way, operating a recreational vehicle without a helmet, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

According to police, about 10 minutes after midnight on Jan. 24, a state police trooper spotted a damaged dirt bike near the intersection of Route 112 and County Road. The trooper checked the area and found Cornelius and his female passenger at the bottom of a steep embankment.

Cornelius told the trooper he had a broken leg and his passenger was also injured. According to police, the woman had a large cut on her left knee and a wound on her hand.

Cornelius told the trooper he and his passenger had been walking along the road and accepted a ride from a stranger on a dirt bike, who then crashed the bike and left. The two were taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, police said.

When interviewed by police, the passenger said Cornelius was the one driving the bike, there was no stranger, and that they had consumed four or five beers before getting on the bike.

According to police, Cornelius’ license was suspended in November 2011 for a charge of operating under the influence of alcohol. Cornelius was released on his own recognizance. He is due in court April 9.

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