Man sentenced to State Prison for third DWI in five years

NORWICH – The case of Jeremy M. Sawyer was heard when the Chenango County Court convened for a morning session on Friday, Jun. 3. Assistant District Attorney Laura Parker represented the people of Chenango County, while The Honorable Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. presided over the case.

On Jan. 13, 2015, around 7 p.m., the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office 911 center received a call from a Norwich resident claiming that his 2003 GMC pick-up had been stolen about 20 minutes earlier.

At approximately the same time that day, Chenango County Sheriff’s Deputies and the village of Sherburne Police Department were assisting in the removal of a tractor trailer that had slid into a ditch near Shawler Brook Road, in the Town of Sherburne.

It is alleged that while authorities were assisting with the removal, a pick-up truck drove around the northbound traffic barrier and crashed head-on into a vehicle heading southbound. Upon investigation, it was found that the driver of the pick-up was Sawyer.

Sawyer was allegedly unable to exit his vehicle, and authorities had to extinguish flames that had engulfed the front of the pick-up truck. During the investigation of the accident, authorities determined that Sawyer was driving the 2003 GMC pick-up that had been reported stolen earlier that day. He was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, a class E felony; aggravated unlicensed operated of a motor vehicle, a class E felony; and unauthorized use of a mother vehicle in the second degree, also a class E felony.

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