DeKalb man at more than three times legal limit when car rolled on Rt. 11 between Canton and Potsdam, troopers charge
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 9:26 am

POTSDAM -- A DeKalb Junction man has been charged with felony DWI after rolling his vehicle along U.S. Rt. 11 while his blood alcohol level was allegedly more than three times the legal limit.

David W. Simmons, 20, was driving a gray 2012 Chevrolet Impala when, shortly after 3 p.m., his vehicle went off the road, hit a snow bank and rolled over onto its roof, according to state police.

The accident took place along Rt. 11 near the DEC office and not far from Grant’s Gas, not long before the afternoon drive-time “rush.”

Troopers said they measured his blood alcohol level at .27 percent, more than three times the .08 percent threshold for a DWI charge.

That high level of alcohol was more than enough to charge Simmons with aggravated driving while intoxicated, which becomes applicable with an alcohol level of .18 percent or more.

Simmons was not hurt, troopers said.

He was also ticketed for speed not reasonable, according to state police.

He is to appear at the Town of Potsdam Court on Feb. 13.

In addition to state police, West Potsdam fire and rescue units and the Potsdam Volunteer Fire Department responded.