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Motorists accused of drunken driving


A Dexter man faces charges of reckless endangerment and driving while intoxicated after allegedly leading police on a pursuit Friday afternoon in the town of Champion.

Joshua W. Woodruff, 27, of 301 W. Kirby St., was charged by state police with two counts of reckless endangerment, DWI, failure to comply with police orders and numerous vehicle and traffic counts following the pursuit that began on Route 26 near Great Bend just after 3:30 p.m.

Troopers said they tried to halt Mr. Woodruff’s vehicle after it was seen traveling at 78 mph in a 55-mph zone. Police said he failed to stop and drove away at a high speed, onto Jackson II and Jackson roads, before abandoning his vehicle at a railroad trestle off Route 26. He allegedly fled on foot and was apprehended by a trooper about a half-mile into a wooded area.

Troopers allege that his blood alcohol content was found to be 0.08 percent, which is the minimum level to be considered intoxicated under state law. He also was charged with reckless endangerment for allegedly driving at least 25 mph above posted speed limits as three passengers pleaded with him to stop.

He was arraigned in Carthage Village Court and sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $1,500 bail. State troopers were assisted at the scene by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Also charged with DWI and related offenses:

n Andrew J. Loadwick, 27, Marmon Road, Port Leyden, was charged by Lewis County sheriff’s deputies with felony DWI after he was involved in a one-vehicle accident at 2 a.m. Saturday in the town of West Turin. He was accused of failing to slow down for a stop sign on West Road, sliding through the intersection with Route 26 and across the highway, and hitting a snowbank. No one was injured. Deputies said his BAC was 0.15 percent. The DWI charge was a felony because Mr. Loadwick has a 2010 conviction for misdemeanor aggravated DWI, deputies said. He also was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign.

n Audrey A. Sargent, 50, of 164 Park Ave., also was charged by Watertown police at 12:21 a.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of LeRay Street with making an unsafe lane change. Her BAC was 0.16 percent, police said.

n William A. Pointer, 41, Biddeford, Maine, was charged by state police with aggravated DWI at 3:50 a.m. Monday on Interstate 81 in the town of Pamelia. His BAC wasn’t available, but aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or higher.

n Tommy W. Queen, 24, Mansfield, Ga., was charged by state police about 1:30 a.m. Friday on Route 3 in the town of Pamelia. His BAC was unavailable.

n Jonathan J. Miodownik, 27, of 11 Dies St., Apt. 3, Canton, was charged by state police at 3 a.m. Saturday after he allegedly ran a stop sign on Finnegan Road, Canton. His BAC was 0.16 percent, police said.

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