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Former Massena man sentenced for drinking and driving conviction

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MASSENA - A Rochester-area man formerly from Massena has been fined and had his operating privileges suspended for 90 days after pleading guilty to a driving while ability impaired count in a plea bargain agreement with the district attorney’s office.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Thomas W. Vielhauer, 24, of Constantia $500 and a $260 surcharge.

Village police had charged Vielhauer with aggravated driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop at 2:30 a.m. May 25 on Main Street.

He was also ticketed for failure to keep right and charged with driving with a suspended registration and without insurance.

His blood alcohol content was measured at 0.24 percent, police said. A DWI charge is elevated to aggravated DWI when the BAC is 0.18 percent or higher.

Police said they had encountered Vielhauer when they responded to fight in progress call at the Hotel Nadeau. They said the victim declined prosecution, and Vielhauer told them he was going to his vehicle to get a couple of items and then would walk home.

Moments later, police said they saw Vielhauer driving away from the scene, starting out in the wrong lane of traffic on Church Street and then striking a curb when he made a turn on Andrews at Main streets.

In recent court action before Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow:

■ Kody J. Bingham, 22, of 907 County Route 43, Fort Covington, was fined $25 and a $125 surcharge for an unlawful possession of marijuana conviction.

He was found in possession of a smoking device containing marijuana residue located in a duffel bag during a traffic stop on Jan. 23 on state Route 37C.

■ Carcie T. Bigtree-Thompson, 17, of 21 Lafrance Road, Akwesasne, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

Bigtree-Thompson had been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana on Dec. 17 after she was reportedly found in possession of a metal grinder containing marijuana residue located in the back seat of a vehicle during a secondary inspection at the U.S. port of entry in Rooseveltown. She claimed ownership of the grinder, authorities said.

■ Brandon R. Thompson, 26, of 558 Henry St., Cornwall, Ont., was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

Thompson had been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana on Dec. 21 after he was reportedly found in possession of 12.3 grams of marijuana located under the center console in a vehicle during a secondary inspection at the U.S. port of entry in Rooseveltown.

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