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Hogansburg man jailed for ramming car


MASSENA - A Hogansburg man allegedly angered that an acquaintance had failed to provide him with marijuana he had paid for was jailed Wednesday night after he rammed his vehicle while they were traveling on North Raquette Road.

Massena state police charged Lucas R. Tarbell, 19, of 1409 state Route 37, Hogansburg, with four counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, with bail set at $2,000 cash.

Karl R. Ladue told state police he was traveling on the North Raquette Road at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when his car was rammed in the rear four or five times, and then the other driver tried to spin him out two or three times. He said he had a 6-year-old and a 7-year-old in his car when the incident took place.

He said a short time later he saw a U.S. Border Patrol agent parked off East Hatfield Street and stopped to seek assistance. Mr. Tarbell also allegedly pulled into the area where the Border Patrol agent was parked.

“At that time,” Mr. Ladue said in a statement he reportedly signed for police, “I realized who it was ramming me.”

The two men argued in front of the Border Patrol agent, with Mr. Tarbell demanding payment of money he had provided Mr. Ladue, a police report said.

“Earlier in the day, I told Lucas I would get him a hundred dollar’s worth of pot for money I owed him from two weeks ago,” Mr. Ladue said in his statement to troopers.

Tarbell, in his statement to state police, provided a different version of the same story. He told troopers he had given Mr. Ladue $100 to get marijuana. He said Mr. Ladue left with his money, pulled into a nearby driveway and then took off approximately five minutes later with his headlights off.

The Hogansburg man said he had chased Mr. Ladue down the Rooseveltown Road and Route 37C before turning onto North Raquette Road and coming upon a slow-moving vehicle.

“I have bad tires on my car. One tire locked up and was squealing. I was going to hit him so I turned right to try an go around him to avoid him and basically tapped the right rear bumper on his vehicle,” Tarbell said.

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