GOUVERNEUR -- An Ogdensburg man was arrested Tuesday for aggravated driving while intoxicated after he crashed his car into a utility pole causing it to catch on fire, according to state police.
Troopers say they responded to a report of a property-damage car accident on Peabody Road around 5 p.m. and discovered that 27-year-old Timothy R. Irvine II was driving a 2008 Pontiac G6 north when he drove off the east shoulder of the roadway and struck a utility pole causing his vehicle to catch fire.
The Gouverneur Fire Department responded and extinguished the flames. Irvine sustained a small laceration to his head and was treated at the scene by Gouverneur EMS.
Irvine was arrested for third-degree unlicensed operation and aggravated DWI after his blood alcohol content (BAC) was determined to be .19 percent, troopers said.
A BAC level of .18% or greater raises a DWI charge to aggravated, police said.
Irvine allegedly told troopers he was using his cell phone at the time of the crash. He was further ticketed for use of a cell phone while driving and moving from lane unsafely.
He is scheduled to appear at the Town of Gouverneur Court on April 23 at 9 a.m.