Deputies: Croghan man’s BAC was 0.34% after striking UTV with pickup truck

CROGHAN, NY —  Brian R. Keefer, 26, of Erie Canal Road, Croghan, was charged Monday, May 25, by Lewis County sheriff’s deputies with aggravated driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, failure to keep right and driving in violation of a restrict license.

Deputies said Mr. Keefer was operating a 2006 GMC pickup truck northeasterly on Belfort Road when he crossed the center line of the road and struck a 2012 UTV operated by Paul L. Mast of Croghan.

Keefer then continued to drive on Belfort Road before his truck became disabled, deputies said.

Mr. Mast was transported by Lewis County Search and Rescue to Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville for unspecified injuries.

Mr. Keefer’s blood alcohol content was 0.34 percent, deputies said. A BAC of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law. Aggravated DWI, which carries harsher penalties upon conviction, is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or greater.

He is ordered to appear in Croghan Town Court at a later date.