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By JOSH GORE

CANTON — Felony driving while intoxicated charges against a Colton man were dismissed Wednesday,

Joseph P. Robar, 27, of Tucker Road, was accused of crashing his vehicle into several trees on White Hill Road Aug. 19.

According to police reports, Mr. Robar had to be extricated from his vehicle and taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital for head and leg injuries.

He was also ticketed for failure to reduce speed for a curve, failure to keep right and operating of an uninsured motor vehicle.

According to Judge Cathleen E. O’Horo’s decision, prosecutors failed to include blood test or breathalyzer results in the court file.

Ms. O’Horo wrote that even if Mr. Robar admitted to drinking two beers and was in an accident, it doesn’t prove that he was under the influence of alcohol.

“Although drinking may have caused the accident, the court would be guessing in coming to that conclusion,” Judge O’Horo wrote in her one-page decision. “There is nothing in the court papers showing any evidence of driving while intoxicated.”

Mr. Robar was represented by St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Steven G. Ballan.

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