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Several motorists charged with DWI


The following motorists are charged with driving while intoxicated and related offenses:

n Stephen G. Olmstead, 32, Chase Mills, was charged by state police with felony DWI, felony aggravated unlicensed operation and operating a vehicle without an interlock device.

Police said Mr. Olmstead’s vehicle went off the road on North Raquette River Road in Massena.

Mr. Olmstead, whose license had been suspended because of two previous DWI convictions in 10 years, was operating a vehicle without an interlock device, a class A misdemeanor, police said.

His blood alcohol content was not available because he refused to take a breath test, police said.

He is being held at St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in Massena Town Court.

n Luther Coit, 24, of 21699 Heather Acres Drive, Watertown, was charged by Watertown city police at 3 a.m. Saturday on Route 342 in the town of LeRay. Police said Mr. Coit was observed swerving between lanes. His BAC was 0.09 percent, they said. A BAC of 0.08 percent or higher constitutes proof of intoxication under state law.

He was issued an appearance ticket to LeRay Town Court.

n State police on Friday charged Stephanie L. Benedict, 32, of 19 County Route 45, Apt. 4, Rooseveltown, with aggravated DWI.

Troopers said they went to Ms. Benedict’s residence at 2:29 a.m. following a complaint from a third party regarding a domestic altercation. Upon arrival, troopers said, they observed a vehicle pulling into the driveway and found Ms. Benedict behind the wheel, under the influence and with a blood alcohol content of 0.20 percent. A BAC of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law. Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or higher.

Ms. Benedict was issued tickets for Massena Town Court.

n Lewis County sheriff’s deputies arrested Michael Rouscher, 23, of West Leyden, on charges of DWI and trespass on Saturday at 5:29 p.m.

Deputies said they initially responded to Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Turin, for a complaint of a pickup truck driving up the slope, but the vehicle had left the scene by the time they arrived.

Sheriffs said they received calls that the same truck was in Brantingham driving across people’s lawns. While deputies were driving to the scene, they said they saw the vehicle driving south on Route 12 in the town of Turin. Deputies stopped the vehicle and said they detected an odor of alcohol.

Mr. Rouscher failed field sobriety tests at the scene and was transported to the Lewis County Public Safety Building, Lowville, where he registered a 0.13 blood alcohol content, deputies said. Under state law, a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher constitutes proof of intoxication.

He was arraigned in Town Court and sent to the Lewis County jail, Lowville, on $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

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