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The following were charged with driving while intoxicated and related offenses:

n Dustin G. Houppert, 25, of 4959 Route 410, Castorland, also was charged by Lewis County sheriff’s deputies with leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident, speed not reasonable or prudent and failure to signal at 3:03 a.m. Sunday on East Road in the town of Lowville. The DWI charge was a “common law” one based on police observations.

Deputies said that after Mr. Houppert drove off the road into an embankment, he and two passengers — Evan J. Buckingham, 20, Croghan, and Tyler S. Pridell, 20, Lowville — fled the scene despite suffering minor injuries. The three were apprehended later by police but refused medical treatment, deputies said.

n Jeffrey L. Doxtater, 43, of 35319 Coolidge Road, Philadelphia, was charged by state police at 7:06 p.m. Sunday with felony DWI and aggravated DWI after he damaged his car and then left the scene, police said. He also was ticketed with leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, failure to keep right and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle.

His blood alcohol content was 0.23 percent, police said. A BAC of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law. Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or more. He was charged with felony DWI because of a DWI conviction last August, police said.

n Gayelynn Babyak, 44, of 15760 Maynard Ave., Dexter, was charged by Watertown police at 10:23 p.m. Saturday after she allegedly drove onto a sidewalk on Public Square and crashed into a utility pole. Her BAC was 0.16 percent, police said.

n Troy R. Johnson, 44, of 31021 Percy Chicks Drive, Rutland, was charged at 12:13 a.m. Sunday by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies after he was involved in a rollover crash late Saturday on Route 12, Brownville, with his 13-year-old son in the vehicle, deputies said. His BAC was measured at 0.11 percent, they said.

n Thomas A. Shinnick, 27, of 5475 Water St., Apt. 3, Lowville, also was charged by state police with unlicensed operation at 1:43 a.m. Sunday on Deveines Road, New Bremen. His BAC was not available.

n Jay M. Appleton, 31, Curwensville, Pa., was charged by Potsdam village police at 3:30 a.m. May 3 after he allegedly avoided stopping at the intersection of Market Street and May Road by cutting through a parking lot. His BAC was 0.15 percent, police said.

n Vincent Burrola, 28, Hialeah, Fla., was charged by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies at 10:59 p.m. Sunday on Mill Street in Watertown. Deputies said his BAC was 0.09 percent.

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