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‘Combative’ Constableville man jailed on alcohol, drug charges

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LYONS FALLS — A “combative” Constableville man was jailed without bail early Wednesday on alcohol and drug charges stemming from a traffic stop at Riverside Park off Laura Street.

Lewis County sheriff’s deputies charged David A. Baxter, 43, Crofoot Hill Road, at 1:25 a.m. with felony driving while intoxicated, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and having a controlled substance in a non-original container.

He was arraigned in Lyonsdale Town Court and sent to Lewis County jail, Lowville.

Mr. Baxter, after he was handcuffed, attempted to flee from police, then “became combative” while in the back of a police cruiser and was pepper sprayed, according to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Department.

He refused to submit to a breath test, deputies said.

Mr. Baxter also was accused of possessing hydrocodone and clonazepam.

The DWI charge was a felony because of a prior conviction within the past 10 years. He pleaded guilty to DWI stemming from a May 2007 traffic stop on Utica Boulevard in the village of Lowville.

Mr. Baxter was released from state prison in February after serving two years on a second-degree assault charge for hitting and kicking his wife, Melissa, and wrapping a telephone cord around her neck, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

He served four months in the Willard drug rehabilitation program in 2008 as an alternative to prison time on a third-degree criminal mischief charge.

He was charged then with damaging a window in the Lewis County jail while serving as an inmate.

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