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Alleged drunk driver released from jail after second Massena court appearance

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MASSENA - A Norwood man facing charges from a drunk driving accident that left the other driver with injuries found the second time was a charm in his second bid to gain his release from the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson released Anthony W. Kocher-Morrill, 24, of 32 County Route 48A, Norwood, under the supervision of the probation department.

“You should understand I am doing so reluctantly,” he told Kocher-Morrill.

He had been sent back to the county jail with bail continued at $500 on a driving while intoxicated count when he had made his initial court appearance last week.

Mr. Gustafson stressed Kocher-Morrill needed to comply with any requests by the probation department for substance abuse evaluation and any treatment recommendations.

Village police charged Kocher-Morrill with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property damage accident and ticketed him for failure to yield the right of way, speed not reasonable and prudent and operation of a vehicle with no headlights following a two-vehicle accident reported at 2:07 a.m. Nov. 27 on Route 37 at Parker Avenue.

Police located Kocher-Morrill at 2:44 a.m. Nov. 28 on Center Street. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent.

The driver of the second vehicle, Jessica Stowell, 32, of Massena was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Massena Rescue with complaints of neck and stomach pain.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Justin M. Garrow, 23, of 291 County Route 38, Norfolk, was fined $500 and a $260 surcharge for a driving while ability impaired conviction. His operating privileges were suspended for 90 days.

Garrow was charged by state police with failure to keep right, driving on the shoulder and having inadequate mirrors following a traffic stop Feb. 13, 2011 on Bayley Road in Massena. His BAC was 0.08 percent, troopers said.

■ Matthew A. Bradish, 25, of 87 O’Neil Road, Massena, was fined $500 and a $260 surcharge for a driving while ability impaired conviction. His operating privileges were suspended for 90 days.

Bradish was charged with driving while intoxicated and ticketed for failure to keep right following an accident at 4:45 a.m. Aug. 16, 2012. He reportedly went off the left side of Center Street before striking a utility pole and then leaving the scene. He was apprehended on state Route 37 at O’Neil Road. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.14 percent. A passenger in his vehicle, Christine Creazzo, was injured in the accident, according to court documents.

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