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Ontario man faces felony charges following police chase in Massena


An Ontario man is facing two felonies and five misdemeanor charges following a police chase early Sunday.

Colin A. Hall, 27, of Island Road, Akwesasne, was charged by state police with felony driving while intoxicated, first-degree unlicensed operation, second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, using a vehicle without an interlock device and circumventing an interlock device.

Police said troopers attempted a traffic stop on Route 37 in Massena because Mr. Hall failed to keep right, but he didn’t comply. Police said he tried to flee to Canada, but U.S. Customs used a spike strip to try to stop him. Police said Mr. Hall almost hit a customs officer. He then allegedly continued east on Route 37 into Bombay while driving on flat tires.

Police said his vehicle came to a stop in a snowbank on Tarbell Road in Bombay when he failed to complete a turn.

Mr. Hall, who refused a breath test, has had a previous DWI conviction in the last 10 years.

He was being held at the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in Massena and Bombay town courts.

Also charged with DWI and related offenses:

n Deborah S. Thomas, 46, of 1264 Morley-Potsdam Road, Potsdam, was charged by St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies Friday night.

Deputies said Ms. Thomas was stopped for speeding on Main Street in Parishville. Her blood alcohol content was 0.11 percent, they said. Under state law, a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher constitutes proof of intoxication.

n Daniel E. Kerr, 59, Oswegatchie, was charged by state police Saturday following the investigation of an incident on Jan. 21. Police said Mr. Kerr was involved in a car accident that morning on Route 3 in Harrisville. They said his vehicle left the roadway, hit a snowbank, became airborne and rolled over several times. Mr. Kerr allegedly got out of the vehicle and crawled to a nearby residence to call 911.

Police said he was taken to Clifton-Fine Hospital, Star Lake, where he was treated for injuries including frostbite on his hands and legs. They said they were waiting for results of Mr. Kerr’s blood test to come back before making an arrest. His BAC was 0.16 percent, they said.

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