On March 29, 2017, at approximately 8 p.m. State Police responded to a County Route 55 in the town of Brasher for a one-car roll-over crash.
An investigation at the scene revealed that a witness in a nearby residence had called 911 after hearing a loud crash and watching the male operator flee on foot into the woods. Troopers utilized K-9 to locate the operator, who was found approximately 1/2 mile southwest of the scene. Ervin E. Francis IV, 27, of Malone, was subsequently arrested for DWI. He was not injured. His blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.18%.
Francis was charged with Aggravated DWI, and further ticketed for leaving the scene of a property damage accident, aggravated unlicensed operation 3rd degree, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, speed not reasonable and prudent, and failure to use designated lane. He was arraigned in the Town of Brasher Court where he was remanded to the St. Lawrence County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond. He is to reappear in the Town of Brasher Court on April 18, 2017, at 6 p.m.