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Hogansburg man who led police on short chase pleads to DWI charge

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MASSENA - A Hogansburg man with a blood alcohol content four times the legal limit will be sentenced in January in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied aggravated driving while intoxicated and reckless driving counts and numerous vehicle and traffic law violations.

Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow directed Perry R. Montour, 47, of 18 White Road, Hogansburg, to meet with the probation department for a pre-sentence interview and scheduled sentencing for Jan. 22.

Montour led state troopers on a chase from Massena to the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, according to court documents.

Massena-based state police had charged Montour with aggravated driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, third-degree fleeing a police officer and consuming alcohol in a vehicle on a public highway and ticketed him for failure to keep right, unsafe movement of a stopped vehicle, making an unsafe turn and speeding in connection with an incident that began at 8 p.m. March 9 and continued for approximately 4.5 miles with speeds reaching 60 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Montour reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.32 percent. The blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent of higher constitutes a driving while intoxicated count and the charge is elevated to aggravated DWI when the BAC is 0.18 percent or higher.

Court documents indicated Montour told troopers he hadn’t initially complied because he didn’t want a driving while intoxicated charge and acknowledged he was “going to blow it up you know” when he was asked to take the breathalyzer test, indicating he had consumed more than a case of beer.

Troopers said they activated their emergency lights and attempted to make a traffic stop after they observed the driver’s side brake lamp was out on his vehicle on Route 37C, The trooper then reportedly attempted to block Montour from entering the Rooseveltown Road but Montour drove through a lawn to continue his travels.

The charged Montour was moving from shoulder to shoulder of the roadway as he went northbound on Rooseveltown Road before turning eastbound on Route 37. They said the chase ended when Montour pulled into a driveway at 572 state Route 37, where his vehicle was blocked in by several marked police vehicles.

In other recent court action before Judge Sharlow:

■ Jennifer O’Brien, 24, of 62 Stoughton Ave., Massena, was fined $500 and a $400 surcharge for a driving while intoxicated conviction. Her operating privileges were revoked for six months, and she was placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

She had been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated by Massena-based state police following a traffic stop at 2:42 a.m. April 7 on Route 37 in Massena. O’Brien was stopped for speeding and failure to keep right. Her blood alcohol content was measured at 0.18 percent, the threshold that elevates a DWI count to an aggravated DWI charge.

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