Lowville man charged with aggravated DWI, resisting arrest near fire scene

LOWVILLE, NY —   Raymond L. White, 32, of 7499 S. State St., Lowville, was stopped by Lewis County sheriff’s deputies at about 12:51 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, while deputies were assisting with traffic control during a structure fire.

“White approach a deputy directing traffic at the intersection of S. State Street, River Street and Stowe Street. After briefly speaking with the deputy, it was suspected that White was intoxicated. Following field sobriety testing, as deputies attempted to take White into custody, he began resisting his arrest and subsequently caused a minor injury to the hand of a deputy,” according to a news release.

His blood alcohol content was 0.18 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.

Mr. White is charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, second-degree harassment, refusal to take a preliminary breath test and no inspection.

He is summoned to appear in Lowville Village Court at a later date.