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Speeding motorcyclist charged with DWI; passenger charged for kicking trooper

Oneida-based state police charged a Verona motorcyclist with DWI and his female passenger with interfering with the investigation and striking a trooper following a traffic stop in the town of Verona late Wednesday evening.

At approximately 11:20 p.m. Oct. 18, Trooper Justin Weakley stopped a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle traveling southbound on State Route 365 near Old Oneida Road at 84 mph in a 55 mph zone. Weakley interviewed the operator, Christopher J. Harris, 44, of Old Oneida Road, Verona, and observed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath.

Sobriety tests indicated he was intoxicated and he was taken into custody for DWI. Harris’ passenger Kelly A. Williams, 40, of Oklahoma Ave., Oriskany, attempted to prevent troopers from towing the motorcycle and Trooper Andrew LiPuma took Williams into custody for obstructing governmental administration.

While being placed in the patrol vehicle, Williams struggled and intentionally kicked LiPuma. He was uninjured. Harris and Williams were transported to the Oneida state police barracks for processing. A breath test determined that Harris’ blood alcohol content was .19 percent. Harris was ticketed for DWI, aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 percent or greater, speeding and loud exhaust.

Williams was issued an appearance ticket for second-degree obstructing governmental administration and second-degree harassment. Both are scheduled to appear in Verona Town Court Oct. 24, 2017.

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