After crash, vehicle ends up in swamp near Potsdam; woman charged with drugged driving
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:50 am

POTSDAM -- A Potsdam woman was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs after crashing her car into a utility pole before it came to rest in a swampy area Thursday morning on State Highway 345.

Victoria L. Middlemiss, 27, was driving a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser around 7:25 a.m. when she allegedly fell asleep at the wheel.

Her vehicle reportedly crossed into the south-bound lane and exited the west shoulder of the road becoming airborne for a short distance and then striking a National Grid utility pole. The car then rolled onto its passenger side in a swampy area where it came to rest.

Middlemiss was charged at 9:40 a.m. at Canton-Potsdam Hospital with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and DWAI: drugs. She was also ticketed for failure to keep right and failure to notify DMV of change of address.

Middlemiss complained of lower back pain and was transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital by Potsdam Rescue. While at the hospital, she reportedly consented to a blood test to determine her blood and/or alcohol content.

Following her release from Canton Potsdam Hospital, Middlemiss was arrested for DWAI: drugs. Troopers say they also discovered her driving privilege was suspended due to a previous DWAI conviction.

National Grid workers responded and shut down power in the area temporarily.

Middlemiss was arraigned at the Potsdam Town Court and released under the supervision of probation to appear in court Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.

Police listed her status as held and said further charges are pending.