Jamestown Men Charged In Separate DWI Stops

A pair of Jamestown men were taken into custody for drunken driving following separate traffic stops early Sunday.

City police charged Joseph L. Browder, 40, with driving while intoxicated, felony driving while intoxicated, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle and illegally parking on a highway.

According to a police report, officers were dispatched at 2:26 a.m. to Andrew Street at Harding Avenue for a vehicle parked in the middle of the road. The vehicle, operated by Browder, was blocking traffic, police said.

The Jamestown resident was allegedly found sleeping in the vehicle, and following an investigation, was determined to be intoxicated. A check of Browder’s license showed he had a previous DWI conviction within the past 10 years, making the arrest a felony, police said.

Browder was transported to Jamestown City Jail and was awaiting arraignment.

Earlier Sunday, officers observed a red pick-up truck traveling westbound on Chandler Street with no headlights. Following a traffic stop, police said they found Carlos M. Pagan, 47, to be operating the vehicle in an intoxicated condition.

Pagan allegedly failed several standardized field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. He submitted to a chemical breath test, and his blood alcohol content was found to be nearly three times over the legal limit, a police report said.

The city resident was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, driving a motor vehicle while registration suspended, driving with no headlights, failure to use turn signal and possession of an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle.

Pagan was held pending arraignment in city jail.