Castorland woman faces DWI, other charges

NEW BREMEN — Lewis County Sheriff’s deputies charged a Castorland woman with aggravated DWI and driving without a license, among other charges early Sunday.

Ashley L. Houppert, 30, was charged with aggravated DWI, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed operator, refusal to take a preliminary breath test, consuming an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle and failure to notify the DMV of an address change.

State law says a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher constitutes intoxication, while a BAC of 0.18 percent meets the threshold for aggravated DWI.

According to a news release, Ms. Houppert reported being in a domestic dispute with a man in her vehicle while they were traveling on Number Four Road in the town of Watson at about 2:30 a.m.

At about 2:50 a.m., the pair was discovered in a vehicle on Deveines Road in the town of New Bremen, when deputies investigated the incident and alleged Ms. Houppert was drunk driving. The report said her blood alcohol content was later determined to be .23 percent.

Richard A. V. Elwood, 29, of 401 S. Salina St., apt. 613, Watertown, was charged by Watertown city police at 1:41 a.m. Saturday on Public Square.

Police also charged him with not having a license.

Mr. Elwood had an active arrest warrant out of North Carolina, but authorities decided not to extradite him for that charge.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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