On November 15, 2020, at approximately 8:30 p.m. State Police conducted a traffic stop on a 2007 Chevrolet Impala for failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Berkley Road and Underwood Road in the village of Tupper Lake. The operator, identified as Nathan P. Toohey, 31, of Tupper Lake, was subsequently arrested for DWAI. His passenger, Jason M. Benware, 31, of Tupper Lake, was also taken into custody after he was found in possession of several controlled substances, and two firearms, which are illegal for him to own since he has previously been convicted of felonies. Toohey refused to submit to a test to determine the drug and/or alcohol content of his blood. He was charged with DWAI-Drugs and arraigned at the Tupper Lake Village Court. He was released on his own recognizance to reappear at a later date and time.
Benware was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree. He was arraigned at the Tupper Lake Town Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to reappear before the Tupper Lake Village Court.