By W.T. ECKERT
LAWRENCEVILLE - Two North Lawrence men were taken to area hospitals for treatment Friday night after the driver lost control of the 2002 Chevy Trail Blazer he was operating on Foster Road, near Ferris Road, in Lawrenceville, went off the road and stopped jut short of being submerged in the Deer River.
Massena-based state police charged Ellison Price, 42, of 11271 Route 11, North Lawrence, with driving while intoxicated and ticketed him for failure to keep right and speed not reasonable and prudent. He was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment of lacerations to his left arm and face. A blood alcohol content level was not available.
A passemger in his vehicle, Bryan Price, same address, was transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital with lacerations and bruising to his face, right arm and right shoulder.
The crash occurred at approximately 9:07 p.m., at which time a nearby resident called 911, Tri-Town Chief Steven J. Beatty said, and, upon arrival, the two men were out of the vehicle and were waiting on the side of the road for help.
They were both conscious and alert and requested to go to the two separate hospitals, Chief Beatty said. Both men were treated for minor injuries on the scene before being brought to the hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
Standing in the middle of the road with his flashlight, Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Chief John H. LaShomb pointed out the nearly 100 yards of tire tracks before the vehicle, he said, veered across the oncoming lane and went down into a ravine, where it traveled another 40 to 50 yards, overturning several times before it struck a wire attached to a utility pole, snapping the pole in half and halting the vehicle. The Trailblazer came to rest on its wheels.
Chief LaShomb said had it not been for that guide wire stopping the vehicle, it would have been submerged in the Deer River, likely resulting in the two men being in far worse condition.
North Lawrence Volunteer Fire Department and Nicholville Volunteer Fire Department assisted, and National Grid was also on the scene.