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Massena man fined for DWI conviction


MASSENA - A Massena man was fined and will be required to have an ignition interlock device on his vehicle for a minimum of six months after pleading guilty to a driving while intoxicated count.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Patrick A. Breen, 43, of 25A Walnut St., Massena, $500 and a $400 surcharge for the DWI conviction and revoked his operating privileges for 180 days. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Village police had charged Breen with aggravated driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop at 2:28 a.m. Aug. 10, 2011 on Poplar Street.

Police had also charged Breen with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after finding he was also in possession of a small quantity of cocaine following the traffic stop.

He was also ticketed for failure to wear his seatbelt, making an unsafe start and making an unsafe turn.

Breen reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.21 percent. Aggravated DWI charges are lodged against motorists with blood alcohol contents of 0.18 percent or higher.

He pleaded guilty to a reduced count of misdemeanor driving while intoxication in full satisfaction of the other charge and the vehicle and traffic law violations after completing a treatment program in a plea bargain deal with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office. He will be required to have the interlock ignition device installed on his vehicle within 10 days of his sentencing after requesting a 20-day stay before his operating privileges are revoked.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Abraham Thomas, 23, of 80 Kateri St., St. Regis, Que., was fined $25 and a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct conviction.

He had been charged with disorderly conduct at 2:21 a.m. Jan. 12 following a disturbance outside the Hotel Nadeau.

@$ID/NormalParagraphStyle:Police said they responded to fight complaint at the Hotel Nadeau, Andrews Street, and when they arrived at the establishment they found Thomas was fighting with his brother.

The two brothers were separated and told to leave the area. But police said a short time later they heard a commotion in the parking lot and the brothers were again told to leave the area. Thomas reportedly refused and instead allegedly walked toward the police officer and told him to go home.

■ Glenn Coffey, 26, of Massena, a client at a residential treatment facility, had a second-degree harassment charge dismissed in the interest of justice on the recommendation of St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Otis Simon.

He had been charged with punching an employee at the facility in the face on Nov. 26.

Ms. Appleby told the court her client was unable to comprehend the charges against him.

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