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Motorists charged with DWI


A Wisconsin truck driver was charged by state police with aggravated driving while intoxicated after his cab was involved in an accident about 6:45 a.m. Sunday at routes 36 and 27 in the town of Theresa.

James G. Freeman, 54, Stevens Point, Wis., failed to stop his truck at a stop sign and the rig went off the road, striking a rock embankment, troopers said. Mr. Freeman was not injured.

Police determined his blood alcohol content was 0.21 percent. A BAC level of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law. Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or more.

Also charged with DWI and related offenses:

n Andrew M. France, 33, of 442 Cousintown Road, was charged by St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies with felony counts of DWI and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following an all-terrain-vehicle accident at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday on Cousintown Road, Canton.

Mr. France failed to negotiate a curve and his ATV left the roadway, striking a utility pole, deputies said. He was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, where he was treated for a leg injury and released.

The Sheriff’s Department was assisted by state police, Canton Rescue and Pyrites first responders. Deputies said Mr. France’s BAC was not available.

He also was charged with failure to keep right, operating an unregistered and uninsured ATV and operating an ATV on a public road. Deputies said the investigation is continuing, and more charges are pending.

n Ryan M. Hurley, 24, of 116 Patrician Lane, Brownville, was charged by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies at 1:38 a.m. Wednesday on Moffatt Road, town of Brownville. His BAC was listed as 0.16 percent. Deputies said Mr. Hurley’s vehicle was observed crossing the center line, and he also was charged with making an unsafe lane change.

n Rodney F. Dimock, 40, King Street, Ogdensburg, was charged at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday by state police with aggravated DWI and third-degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Troopers said he was stopped on New York Avenue, Ogdensburg, for squealing his tires, and tested at 0.18 percent BAC.

n Darlene Z. Rivers, 48, of 7 First St., Edwards, was charged at 8:34 p.m. Monday by state police. Troopers said she drove her vehicle into a bridge embankment on Main Street in Hermon and refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

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