MASSENA - Five hours after being released from the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, a Canton man led state police on a brief pursuit that ended with him crashing his friends vehicle and being charged with felony counts of third-degree grand larceny and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle as well as an aggravated driving while intoxicated charges.
Massena-based state police charged Andrew M. Larche, 25, also listing a West Chazy address, with reckless driving and ticketed him for speeding, failure to obey a police officer, red light violations, two speeding counts including 85 mph in a 30 mph zone on Grove Street and 49/35 and making an unsafe turn.
The pursuit was on state Route 37 and through the village on Parker Avenue, Main, Laurel, East Orvis and Grove streets before the accident on Grove at East Orvis.
Larche was arraigned by Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.
He had been held at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility since Oct. 16 when he was one of three Canton men charged with allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab inside their residence at, North Country Freedom Homes, 25 Dies St., Canton. He has been indicted for third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in connection with that incident.
Tiffany Kerr, in a statement she provided state troopers, said Larche had walked to the McDonalds on Main Street Wednesday evening following his release from the jail, and she had picked him up there and brought him back to Massena for the night. She said Larches parents planned to pick him up Thursday in Massena.
She said they went to a mutual friends house and while there Larche and the third person were drinking alcohol, Ms. Kerr, a home health care aide, said she had planned to drop Larches off at her residence before she went to work but it was tool late by the time he was ready to leave.
She said Larche rode with her and stayed in the vehicle when she stopped at her firsts clients home. She said she left the keys in her vehicle when she left Larche in the vehicle when she stopped at her second clients residence on Old River Road so he wouldnt get cold.
Ms. Larche said she went to return to her vehicle approximately 20 minutes later she found Larche and her vehicle were missing. She said she reported the stolen vehicle to police and a short time later dispatchers called her back to inform her the 2008 vehicle had been extensively damaged in an accident in the village.
Troopers reported the time of the accident at 11:17 p.m. Larche reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.23 percent, nearly three times the 0.08 threshold for a DWI charge. DWI counts are elevated to aggravated DWI when the blood alcohol content is 0.18 percent or higher.