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Child’s call for help prompts DWI arrest


Sondra M. Struckmeyer-Rider, 40, of 20083 Reasoner Road, town of Brownville, was charged by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies with felony aggravated DWI with a child as a passenger at 2:39 p.m. Saturday on Perch Lake Road in the town of Brownville.

Deputies said they received a report from a Perch Lake Road resident that a small boy was at her door asking for help for his mother, who was in her vehicle and experiencing difficulty breathing.

The resident went to the vehicle and allegedly found Ms. Struckmeyer-Rider slumped over the steering wheel and removed the keys from the ignition of the running vehicle.

Deputies said Ms. Struckmeyer-Rider told them she was taking her two sons, ages 8 and 9, to the pool at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds off Coffeen Street.

Deputies said her blood alcohol content was found to be 0.29 percent, above the minimum legal level of 0.18 percent to warrant an aggravated DWI charge. The charge became a felony because of the alleged presence of children in the vehicle. A BAC of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law.

Also charged with DWI and related offenses:

n David R. O’Connor, 52, of 25808 Loop Road, Carthage, was charged by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies with aggravated DWI about 7 p.m. Saturday on Church Street in the town of Wilna.

Deputies said they responded to a report of an intoxicated man recklessly operating a three-wheel all-terrain vehicle on the road, allegedly running off the road to avoid striking a vehicle and nearly striking a tree before coming to a stop on the front lawn of a residence.

Deputies said they asked Mr. O’Connor what he had been doing and were told, “I was just having some fun racing up and down the street.” Deputies alleged that his BAC was 0.21 percent.

He also was charged with reckless driving, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, failure to keep right, operating an unregistered ATV and unlawful possession of marijuana.

n Rebecca Ramos, 22, Pompton Plains, N.J., was charged by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies at 2:38 a.m. Sunday on Route 342 in the town of Pamelia. Deputies said they halted her vehicle for having inoperable license plate lamps, with which she was also charged, and discovered that her BAC was 0.12 percent.

n Robert A. Sanderson, 41, Canton, was charged by Potsdam village police early Saturday. Police said he was driving in reverse in the wrong lane and on a sidewalk on Depot Street, Potsdam. He was being held at the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond. His BAC was not available.

n Emily S. Couglar, 28, of 669 Kelly Road, Rensselaer Falls, was charged by state police early Saturday. Police said Ms. Couglar was driving on Horseshoe Road in Oswegatchie when she tried to avoid hitting a deer but crossed the center line, spun in a 180-degree turn and went into a ditch. Her BAC was 0.15 percent, police said.

n Corey J. Smith, 24, of 1417 Route 56, Norfolk, was charged by Massena village police early Sunday after he struck a pole at 192 Center St. in Massena, police said. His BAC was not available.

n Kristine M. Deshane, 27, of 34 Lesperance Lane, Malone, was charged by Massena village police Saturday night. Police said Ms. Deshane was running around the vehicle yelling and acting agitated before getting into the car and backing up, almost hitting one of the officers on the scene. Her BAC was 0.17 percent, they said.

Charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol:

n Tia-Rose G. Stephenson, 18, of 5 Clark St., Parishville, was charged by St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies early Sunday on Green Road in Hopkinton. Deputies said her BAC was 0.06 percent, the state threshold for DWAI.

Charged with DWAI by drugs:

n Latia N. Towles, 27, of 236 N. Rutland St., Lower Apt., also was charged by Watertown police about 10 p.m. Sunday with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said her vehicle was stopped in the 500 block of Morrison Street for failure to keep right, for which she was also charged.

It is alleged that she possessed two carisoprodol pills in a small plastic bag tucked into the waistband at the back of her shorts. She is due to answer the charges in City Court.

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