Driver charged in Depeyster DWI crash allegedly confined passenger in vehicle
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 1:25 pm

DEPEYSTER -- A one-vehicle personal-injury accident Saturday along State Rt. 184 resulted in numerous charges to the driver, including a felony unlawful imprisonment count, leaving the scene, and driving while intoxicated.

The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office reports that Johnathon M. Rafferty, 31, Redwood, was arraigned in Town of Morristown Court on charges of second-offense DWI. driving with .08 % of blood alcohol, and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, all Class E felonies, and a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of a personal-injury motor vehicle accident. Rafferty’s BAC was measured at .13%, deputies said.

Subsequent investigation of the incident led to an additional charge of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, another felony, for allegedly confining a passenger in the vehicle during the accident, officers said.

Rafferty was sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility without bail after arraignment, deputies said.

A stay-away court order was reportedly issued in favor of the victim.

Deputies were assisted by state police, Ogdensburg Rescue, and Heuvelton First Responders.

The nature of the injury in the accident was not reported.