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Motorists accused of drunken driving


A Harrisville woman was charged Monday in Gouverneur with driving while intoxicated after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident in Harrisville.

Lewis County sheriff’s deputies said that at 6:02 p.m. Monday, Tonia A. Simmons, 34, was making a left turn from Depot Street onto Maple Avenue when she hit an oncoming vehicle driven by Casey McEathron, 26, Gouverneur, then left the scene.

Mr. McEathron was taken by private vehicle to E.J. Noble Hospital, Gouverneur, for treatment of neck pain.

State police stopped Ms. Simmons at 6:50 p.m. that day on Depot Street in Gouverneur and charged her with DWI, while Lewis County deputies additionally charged her with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, failure to yield at a yield sign and driving over a stop sign.

She had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent, police said. A BAC of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law.

Harrisville firefighters and ambulance squad members assisted at the scene.

Also charged with DWI and related offenses:

n Erica L. Suschinski, 28, of 312 Gotham St., Watertown, was charged by state police about 7 a.m. Sunday on Route 26 in the town of Champion. No BAC was available because she was taken to Carthage Area Hospital for a medical condition and BAC results have not been completed, police said.

n Billy J. Kyne, 36, of 113 W. Main St., Apt. 906, Watertown, was charged by Watertown police at 1:05 a.m. in the 600 block of State Street. His BAC was listed as 0.16 percent. He also was charged with speeding, failure to signal a turn and being an unlicensed driver.

n Alan T. Smith, 42, Hampton, Va., was charged by state police at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on North Main Street in the town of LeRay. He refused to take a Breathalyzer test, police said.

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