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Drivers cited on drug or alcohol charges


A town of Watson woman was jailed Sunday with bail set at $1,000 after she allegedly threatened to punch a pregnant woman in the stomach and then drove under the influence of drugs, according to state police.

Carissa G. Blair, 31, of 7124 Loson Road, was arraigned Sunday morning in Turin Town Court on seven charges, and was sent to Lewis County jail, Lowville.

She was charged with aggravated harassment, felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving while under the influence of drugs, failure to use a designated lane, using a cellphone while driving, violating restrictions on her license and having an obstructed license plate.

Police said the threat was made in a telephone call about 9:30 p.m. Friday. About 25 hours later, a trooper was at her home to question her about the phone threat when she pulled into her driveway, police said. The trooper suspected she was under the influence of a substance, and took her to the Pulaski state police headquarters to be evaluated by an expert in drug impairment, police said.

Charged with driving while intoxicated and related offenses:

n Jordan A. Evans, 20, of 104 Warren St., Brownville, was jailed Tuesday morning after state police say he was drunk when he drove a vehicle that he took without the owner’s permission.

He is charged with aggravated DWI, unauthorized use of a vehicle, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, making an unsafe lane change and a seat-belt infraction. Police listed his blood alcohol content as 0.18 percent. A BAC level 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 more.

According to documents filed in Brownville Town Court, where he was arraigned, he drove off Ashland Road in the town of Lyme about 4:50 a.m. Tuesday in an auto owned by Lori Allen, Ashland Road. Justice Richard M. Parker set bail at $1,000, sending him to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, Watertown.

nCrystal C. Martin, 35, of 5392 Bostwick St., Lowville, was charged by Lowville village police with felony DWI, failure to keep right and refusing to take a breath test at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday on Route 812 in Lowville. She was arraigned in Lowville Village Court and sent to Lewis County jail, Lowville, on $1,500 bail. The charge was a felony because of a prior DWI conviction in 2008, police said.

n Michael G. Shelmidine, 44, of 21172 County Route 189, Lorraine, also was cited with failure to keep right after he was involved in a property-damage accident about 8:40 p.m. Saturday on County Route 91 in the town of Ellisburg, according to state police. No BAC was listed.

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