Both men in two-motorcyle crash in Brasher arrested for drunk driving
Monday, May 31, 2010 - 9:14 am

BRASHER FALLS -- Both men involved in a two-motorcycle accident early this morning have been arrested for drunk driving, according to state police.

Police charged Richard C. Phippen, Jr., 34, of 12 Congress St., Brasher Falls, and Paul M. Russell, 42, of 386 North Raquette River Rd. Massena, following the two-motorcycle property damage accident on County Route 53.

Police said both men were operating their motorcycles north on County Route 53 when the motorcycles hit each other, causing them to exit the west shoulder shortly before 12:45 a.m. Phippen and Russell, as well as their female passengers, were ejected. No injuries were reported, police said.

Both men were placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated and transported back to state police barracks in Massena where they were processed and released.

Phippen was also charged with failure to keep right and refusal to take a roadside screening device. Police said he had a blood alcohol content level of .13 percent, above the .08 percent threshold for DWI.

Russell was also charged with failure to keep right and had a blood alcohol content level of .15 percent, police said.