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Essex County man to pay more than $33,000 to Canton

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CANTON — An Essex County man was ordered by St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards Monday to pay the village of Canton more than $33,000 for his February theft and destruction of a municipal truck.

Jesse A. Montayne, 21, of 5284 Route 28, Newcomb, was placed on one year interim probation after he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony, and driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.

Originally facing a slew of charges in addition to DWI and grand larceny, including criminal mischief, failure to remove debris from the highway, driving on a sidewalk, reckless driving, speed not reasonable and prudent, failure to use designated lane, moving from lane unsafely and failure to keep right, Mr. Montayne is being given the opportunity to have his felony charge reduced to petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, if he is successful in completing his year of interim probation.

Judge Richards also said Mr. Montayne would have to pay the village a total of $33,676.03 in restitution for the incident that led to the damaged truck and his arrest.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 28, Mr. Montayne stole a 2003 Chevrolet truck owned by the village from the St. Lawrence County Highway Department lot on Park Street and rammed a chain link fence several times before driving out onto Miner Street. He then drove the vehicle from Miner Street onto Lincoln Street, drove over the sidewalk and ran over a stop sign at Park Street.

It wasn’t until he struck a utility pole on University Avenue that he stopped his joyride and took off on foot.

Village police soon tracked him to an apartment on Dies Street. But as police approached the building, Mr. Montayne scrambled out a window at the back of the building. Officers captured him in the backyard.

The truck sustained major body damage, according to police documents, and its plow had been broken.

Judge Richards adjourned sentencing until Aug. 24.

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