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Constableville man pleads guilty to drunk driving, drug charges


LOWVILLE — A Constableville man admitted Friday in Lewis County Court to driving drunk and possessing an illicit drug.

David A. Baxter, 44, of 5076 Crofoot Hill Road, pleaded guilty to charges of felony driving while intoxicated, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

Sentencing before Judge Daniel R. King was set for April 12.

Mr. Baxter was accused of DWI and possession of hydrocodone Aug. 8 at Riverside Park on Laura Street in Lyons Falls. He also attempted to avoid being arrested, according to Lewis County sheriff’s deputies.

Also in Lewis County Court on Friday:

Diane M. Tyus, 22, of 20680 Munns Corners Road, Fort Drum, was sentenced to five years’ probation, concurrent with a similar term in Jefferson County, and $5,191.25 restitution on a charge of third-degree burglary, to which she pleaded guilty Dec. 7. Ms. Tyus was accused of helping to break into a building owned by Troy LaRock on Route 3 in the town of Diana on April 14.

Michael T. Sage, 34, of 7107 Brantingham Road, Greig, had his case of aggravated DWI adjourned to March 1. He was charged July 28 on Brantingham Road in the town of Greig.

Jerrilee Hartle, 32, of 5380 Water St., Lowville, had his case of driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unsafe backing and no inspection adjourned to March 1. Mr. Hartle was accused of being under the influence of alcohol and diazepam May 10 in a parking lot on South State Street and nearly backing into a patrol vehicle.

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