Potsdam man sentenced to prison after DWI probation violation

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CANTON — A Potsdam man was sentenced to prison Monday in St. Lawrence County Court after admitting to violations of his probation.

Michael R. Dukett, 32, of 150 Market St., Apt. 19, formerly of 5 Haggerty Road, had his five-year probation sentence, imposed Aug. 28 for his conviction of felony driving while intoxicated, vacated. He was then sentenced to one to three years in prison.

Mr. Dukett was convicted of DWI after pleading guilty on June 26, admitting that on Feb. 27, on Leroy Street in the village of Potsdam, while he had a blood alcohol content of 0.13 percent, he drove a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado. State law defines intoxication as at least 0.08 percent BAC,

In court Monday, Mr. Dukett told County Judge Derek P. Champagne that he violated his probation by being arrested, possessing and consuming alcohol and not abiding by his curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Specifically, at 12:39 a.m. on Nov. 3 in the village of Potsdam, Mr. Dukett was charged by village police with resisting arrest. He was also cited with littering and having an open container of alcohol.

Police charged that on Market Street near Burger King, Mr. Dukett was holding an open beer container. When the officer approached him, police say, he threw the beer can and resisted arrest when patrols attempted to place him in custody after he provided a false name.

Judge Champagne said police also reported that Mr. Dukett was so drunk that he likely would not recall the incident.

“Mr. Dukett, I was very clear at the time of sentencing that I was concerned about your criminal history and concerned for society,” Judge Champagne said. “Now your criminal history is working severely against you because it isn’t about helping you, it’s about helping society.”

In addition to his prison sentence, the pending Potsdam charges were satisfied.

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