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Police accuse city resident of DWI after fire hydrant crash


The following people were charged with driving while intoxicated and related offenses:

n Deanna R. Decker, 22, of 132 Bowers Ave., Apt. 3, also was cited with leaving the scene of an accident and failing to keep right in connection with an incident shortly before 2:20 a.m. Wednesday at Boyd and South Pleasant streets. City police said her westbound sedan struck and displaced a fire hydrant. She walked from the accident scene, but was arrested about a half-hour later in the 1100 block of Boyd Street.

She had a breath test reading of 0.16 percent blood alcohol content, police said. Under state law, a BAC of 0.08 percent or more constitutes intoxication.

Ms. Decker pleaded guilty in 2010 in Watertown City Court to driving while ability impaired by the use of alcohol, reduced from DWI, and paid $755 in fines and court fees.

n Ryan P. Youngs, 28, of 612 Webb St., Clayton, was charged by city police with DWI, obstructing governmental administration and speeding at 43 mph in a 30-mph zone in the 500 block of State Street at 11:30 p.m. Monday. He refused to take a breath test, police said.

n Charles W. Lemonias Jr., 24, Saddle Brook, N.J., was arrested by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 1300 block of State Street. He was also cited with following too closely with his motorcycle. Deputies listed his test result as 0.16 percent.

n James D. Krambuhl, 30, of 2453 Thomas Road, Port Leyden, was charged by Lewis County sheriff’s deputies at 10:21 p.m. Sunday on Thomas Road in the town of Leyden after he reported a car-deer accident. Deputies said they determined he had actually swerved to avoid a deer and hit a tree with the driver’s side door at an unknown location. They also reported they detected a strong odor of alcohol. Mr. Krambuhl had a blood alcohol content of 0.17 percent, deputies said.

n Jerrilee Hartle Jr., 31, Lowville, was also charged by Lowville police with unsafe backing, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving an uninspected vehicle at 2:33 a.m. Thursday in the A Plus parking lot on South State Street. Police said he nearly hit their vehicle. The DWI charge was lodged based upon police observations, with blood test results pending.

Charged with driving while under the influence of drugs were:

n Anthony R. Smith, 22, of 15069 O’Dell Road, Copenhagen, was charged by state police shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday on Route 126 and then Middle Road in the town of Watertown. He also was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation, failing to keep right, crossing hazard markings and two counts of speeding, 47 mph in a 30-mph zone and 62 mph in a 45-mph zone.

Mr. Smith’s license was suspended after he was convicted on a reduced charge of driving while ability impaired by the use of alcohol in connection with a DWI arrest in May 2010 in the town of Hounsfield.

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