Canton student charged in drunken joyride in municipal plow truck; fence, stop sign, pole damaged
Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 11:56 am

CANTON -- A SUNY Canton student faces multiple charges after an alleged drunken joy ride in a stolen Department of Public Works plow truck that destroyed a chain-link fence, a stop sign and a utility pole at about 1 a.m. today.

Police Chief Victor Rycroft said an investigation led to the arrest of Jesse A. Montanye 21, of Newcomb. He was charged with forth-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated, driving on a sidewalk, reckless driving, speeds not reasonable and prudent, failure to use designated lane, moving from lane unsafely and failure to keep right.

The charges came this morning after Montanye allegedly took the truck from the area of the parking lot adjacent to Miner Street and rammed a chain link fence several times before exiting the parking lot onto Miner Street.

After breaching the fence, Rycroft said Montanye drove the vehicle from Miner Street onto Lincoln Street.

He said Montanye drove over the sidewalk and ran over a stop sign at the intersection of Park Street, then drove to University Avenue where he struck a utility pole causing it to break. Rycroft said Montanye fled after smashing the pole.

He said Montanye was located a short time later at an apartment on Dies Street.

As police approached the building to speak with Montanye about the incident, he fled out a window at the back of the apartment where he was taken into custody in a backyard, police said.

Montanye was arraigned before Town Justice Curly and released for a later court appearance on March 20.

Canton police were assisted by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, SUNY Canton Police, U.S. Border Patrol and St. Lawrence Security.

Rycroft said additional charges are pending.