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Man accused of driving under influence of drugs; two people charged with DWI


A Carthage man faces six charges, including driving while under the influence of drugs, after he drove into the opposite lane in front of an oncoming patrol car, according to Carthage police.

Travis J. Diehl, 20, of 202 Emjay Way, was arrested at 1:40 a.m. Saturday in the 700 block of State Street, where he came to a stop after hitting a trash container, police said. He also faces charges of reckless driving, failure to keep right, speeding at 46 mph in a 30-mph zone and a vehicle equipment offense.

Charged with DWI and related offenses:

n Theodore F. Szewil, 38, Lowville, was charged by Lewis County sheriff's deputies with felony aggravated DWI Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly showed up drunk for a meeting with his parole officer at the Lewis County Public Safety Building. Mr. Szewil allegedly had a BAC of 0.30 percent, well above the state's aggravated DWI threshold of 0.18 percent.

He was arraigned in Lowville Village Court and committed to Lewis County jail, Lowville, without bail.

The charge was a felony owing to a prior DWI conviction within the past 10 years.

n Michelle L. Sheltray, 36, of 600 S. Washington St., Apt. 38, Carthage, was arrested by Carthage police on South Washington Street at 1:50 a.m. Friday on charges of driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right. Police said she had a breath test result of 0.17 percent. Under state law, a BAC of 0.08 percent or more constitutes intoxication.

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