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Carthage man facing sixth DWI in two decades


A Carthage man with five driving while intoxicated convictions over the two decades will be back in court, facing a felony aggravated DWI count lodged early Friday.

Brian J. Barlow, 44, of 306 West St., was arrested by state police at 2:10 a.m. Friday on Route 40 in the town of Wilna. Police said he recorded a breath test result of 0.19 percent blood alcohol content. Under state law, 0.18 percent BAC is the threshold for aggravated DWI. The state’s standard for intoxication is 0.08 percent.

He is charged with a felony because of a conviction record that includes:

n Aggravated DWI in 2008 in Carthage.

n Felony DWI in 1999 in Carthage.

n Felony DWI in 1996 in Lewis County.

n Two DWI convictions in 1992.

Also charged with DWI and related offenses:

n Michele L. Sellers, 40, of 338 S. Hamilton St., faces charges of aggravated DWI and following too closely in connection with her arrest by Watertown police at 11 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Arsenal Street. Police said she failed to stop and struck a vehicle driven by Sharon M. Pettaway, 38, Fort Drum, who was stopped for a red light.

Ms. Sellers had a BAC of 0.31 percent, police said.

n Garry G. Thompson, 29, of 241 Breen Ave., Apt. B, Watertown, also was charged by Watertown police with making an unsafe lane change following an accident at 12:05 a.m. Thursday, in which his vehicle struck a signpost and fire hydrant at Arsenal Street and Breen Avenue. He tested at 0.13 percent BAC, police said.

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