By FELICIA KRIEG
---- — PLATTSBURGH — A West Chazy man has been convicted of drunken driving for the fourth time.
A Clinton County Court jury handed down the recent decision, convicting Brent Meseck, 42, of felony driving while intoxicated and refusal of breath screening, according to a news release from the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.
Clinton County Judge Kevin Ryan presided at the trial.
On the evening of Dec. 17, 2012, Meseck was driving drunk at “an extremely high rate of speed” on O’Neil Road in the Town of Beekmantown, the DA’s Office said.
Shortly after 8 p.m., Meseck crashed his car at a bend in the road near Beekmantown Central School, but he was able to escape his vehicle unhurt and fled on foot.
Eyewitnesses saw the crash and Meseck running away in an attempt to avoid detection by State Police and emergency responders.
“The eyewitnesses testified to various evidence of intoxication,” the DA’s Office said in the release. “Mr. Meseck admitted to police he had been drinking but refused to submit to a chemical test to show his blood-alcohol content.”
Meseck was apprehended by police about a half hour after he crashed his car, the DA’s Office said.
He failed all three standardized field sobriety tests, enabling authorities to charge him with common law DWI.
Meseck was charged with misdemeanor DWI in 1992 and 1998, driving with ability impaired by alcohol in 1991 and felony DWI in 2006, the DA’s Office said.
He was convicted on all those charges, the release said.
“This is now his second felony conviction, and this office will be seeking the maximum incarceration allowed,” said Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Evanovich, who prosecuted the case.
“Everyone is extremely thankful that no one was seriously injured by the defendant’s criminal conduct.”
The maximum sentence is one-and-a-third to four years in prison with a maximum fine of about $5,000.
Meseck was represented by attorney Joe Mucia.
Since his arrest, he had been in the Clinton County Jail for lack of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
At Evanovich’s request, Ryan upped bail to $20,000 cash or bond after the West Chazy man’s conviction, according to the release.
Meseck’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2014.
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