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Drum man cited with DWI in crash


A Fort Drum man faces driving while intoxicated and other charges after an accident early Saturday.

Kyle R. Merriman, 20, of 10614 5th Armored Division Drive, Apt. 215, Fort Drum, was charged by Watertown police at 2:30 a.m. on Route 3 in the town of LeRay after he allegedly was involved in an accident in the city. He also was charged with leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident, passing a red traffic signal and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said Mr. Merriman was traveling east on Factory Street while James D. Wilkins, 20, of P685 Oswego Ave., Fort Drum, was making a left turn from High Street onto Factory Street.

As Mr. Wilkins proceeded to make his turn, it is alleged that Mr. Merriman passed through a red light and struck the Wilkins vehicle, then fled the scene out Huntington Street. When his truck was halted on Route 3, police said, chuka sticks were found in the back seat.

Mr. Wilkins was taken to Samaritan Medical Center for treatment of chest pains. Neither Mr. Merriman nor four passengers in his vehicle were injured. Mr. Merriman’s blood alcohol content was not available.

The following motorists also were charged with driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs and related offenses:

n Jonathan M. Monica, 23, Copenhagen, was charged by Lewis County sheriff’s deputies about 3:30 a.m. Saturday with three counts of felony DWI under Leandra’s Law after allegedly driving while intoxicated on West State Street in Lowville with three children as passengers.

Deputies said a third party reported that Mr. Monica was possibly driving while intoxicated, and after a traffic stop, he allegedly was found to have a BAC of 0.08 percent, the threshold for intoxication under state law. Deputies said he had a 2-year-old as a passenger, as well as two children about a month old.

He also was charged with failure to keep right, failure to signal within 100 feet of a turn, driving with a suspended driver’s license and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

n Benjamin J. Flansburg, 30, Kotary Road, Constableville, was charged by Lewis County sheriff’s deputies with felony DWI under Leandra’s Law, speeding and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle at 9:43 p.m. May 10 on Route 26 in the town of Martinsburg.

Deputies said Mr. Flansburg was driving drunk with his 4-year-old son in the vehicle at a speed of 79 mph in a 55-mph zone. He had a BAC of 0.12 percent, deputies said.

A passenger in his truck, whom deputies would not identify, was treated for an unrelated injury by Lewis County Search and Rescue.

n Michael J. Pender, 37, of 20441 Hadcock Road, was charged by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies at 4 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in Theresa after being involved in a one-vehicle accident. Deputies said he was making a left turn from Alexandria Bay Road onto Main Street when he lost control of his motorcycle, crossed the road’s center line and skidded across the pavement, striking a guardrail. He was treated at the scene for scrapes and bleeding from his ear, but refused further medical treatment. His BAC was alleged to be 0.08 percent. He also was charged with failure to keep right.

n Chavah Norstrom, 20, of 623 Grant St., was charged by Watertown police about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of State Street. She also was charged with failing to keep right and refusal to take a prescreening test for the presence of alcohol, although she later submitted to the test, which allegedly yielded a BAC of 0.17 percent. She also was charged with consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

n Joseph B. Garrison, 47, of 16338 Evans Road, Hounsfield, was charged by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies with aggravated DWI, reckless driving, failure to keep right and unlawful possession of marijuana at 7:25 p.m. May 12 at his residence. Deputies said his BAC was 0.23 percent.

Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or more.

n Michael R. Heisler, 22, of 43118 Route 37, Redwood, was charged by state police with felony DWI at 4:16 a.m. Sunday. Mr. Heisler was stopped for traveling 50 mph in a 35 mph zone on County Route 6 in Morristown, police said. His BAC was measured at 0.14 percent, police said.

He has had a previous DWI conviction within the past 10 years, leading to the felony charge.

n Monique A. Holden, 28, of St. Regis Falls, was charged by Potsdam village police at 1:32 a.m. Friday on Market Street. Her BAC was 0.16 percent, police said. She also was charged with driving without a license.

n Andrew L. Nichols, 22, Fort Drum, was charged by state police at 2:18 a.m. Saturday on Route 11 the town of Pamelia. He also was charged with driving without a license and failure to keep right.

Additional information was not available.

n Robert P. Forsythe, 28, Castorland, was charged by state police at 1:07 a.m. Saturday on Route 126 in the town of Croghan. Further information was not available.

n Kyle R. Williams, 23, Port Leyden, was charged by state police at 1:05 a.m. Sunday on Main Street in the town of Martinsburg. Further information was not available.

Charged with driving while under the influence of drugs:

n Charles E. Taylor, 49, of 8811 County Route 5, Three Mile Bay, was charged by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies just after 4 p.m. Friday on Route 12E in Chaumont. Deputies said they received a report of an intoxicated driver at Citizens Bank of Cape Vincent and met Mr. Taylor leaving the bank. He allegedly admitted that he had driven from his home to the bank and that he had taken medications that had been prescribed for his wife.

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