On September 24, 2020, at approximately 5:30 p.m., State Police arrested 26-year-old Deric J. Krake of Morristown, following a report of child endangerment and DWI in the town of Morristown. Krake threatened the victim and her child while she was driving down the highway on County Route 6 in Hammond. Krake shouted profane language and made obscene gestures from his vehicle, and attempted to force the victim off the road, nearly causing a collision. Krake also caused damages to the victim’s vehicle. When law enforcement was attempting to locate Krake, he was found in his vehicle, hiding in a tree line in a field off of County Route 6. When observed by patrols, Krake drove in an easterly direction across the field and struck an earth embankment which caused his vehicle to become airborne and then crash. Krake also did not have permission to operate the vehicle he was in, which was demolished as a result of the crash.
Krake’s blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.10%. He was charged with DWI, Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, three counts of Criminal Mischief 4th degree, Disorderly Conduct, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. He was arraigned by the Clifton Town Court and released on his own recognizance, to reappear in the Morristown Town Court at 7:00 p.m. on September 28, 2020.
State Police were assisted by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.