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Motorists accused of DWI, related offenses


The following people have been charged with driving while intoxicated and related offenses:

n Jonathan D. Shurtz, 21, of 32349 County Route 29, Philadelphia, was charged with aggravated DWI by Watertown city police at 2:19 a.m. Tuesday after he was found allegedly speeding on the 900 block of LeRay Street. His blood alcohol content was listed at 0.22 percent.

A BAC level of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law. A person faces the more serious aggravated DWI charge if the BAC is 0.18 percent or higher.

n Matthew A. Barriere, 31, of 19110 County Route 165, Apt. 428D, Watertown, was charged by Watertown city police after crashing into a light pole on the 900 block of LeRay Street. His BAC was 0.09 percent.

n Nicholas Highers, 34, Cone Road, Boonville, was charged by Lewis County sheriff’s deputies with felony DWI and refusal to submit to a breath test at 10 p.m. Thursday on Cone Road in the town of Leyden. Deputies said that they found Mr. Highers’s Ford truck in a ditch and that he drove back to the scene in another vehicle. He was arraigned in Leyden Town Court and sent to Lewis County jail, Lowville, with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

The charge was a felony because of a prior DWI conviction within the past 10 years, deputies said.

n Stephen B. Houppert, 21, of Lowville, no address listed, was charged by Lewis County sheriff’s deputies after being stopped for passing a stop sign and using a cellphone while driving. His BAC was 0.10 percent.

n Charles E. Taylor, 49, of 8811 County Route 5, Chaumont, also was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance after being stopped around 5:40 p.m. on Halifax Road, Denmark. Though his BAC was 0.00 percent, he told officers he had taken hydrocodone, and police said he also possessed an unlabeled bottle with multiple alpracolam pills.

n Nicholas G. Lopez, 20, of 20332 Munns Corners Road, Fort Drum, was charged with aggravated DWI, speeding and failure to keep right at 3:48 a.m. Thursday on Route 11 in the town of LeRay by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies. His BAC was listed as 0.22 percent.

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