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Massena man charged with felony driving while intoxicated

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FELONY DWI - MASSENA - Village police charged Lester A. Clarke, 31, of 88 Water St., Massena, with a felony count of aggravated driving while intoxicated at 7:10 p.m. Saturday after responding to a disturbance complaint at On A Roll Deli, North Main Street.

Clarke was also ticketed for failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of an address change and failure to exhibit license.

Police said Clarke had a blood alcohol content of 0.21 percent. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is considered proof of intoxication in the state. The charge is elevated to aggravated DWI when the blood alcohol content is 0.18 percent or higher.

Clarke was charged with a felony because he has a misdemeanor DWI conviction within the past 10 years. He was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in March 2010 in Massena Village Court stemming from a traffic stop on Aug. 21, 2009.

He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow Sunday morning and released under the supervision of the probation department.

Police said they received a report at 7 p.m. Saturday that Clark had caused a disturbance outside the store with a customer, driven away and then returned to the store minutes later and continued an argument with the same female inside the store.

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