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      5 arrested after drunken attempt to crash through gate, police say

      Elijah Jimmerson

      Five people are facing charges after an incident at the Great Swamp Enterprises on Ovid Street in Seneca Falls.

      Officers were called to the scene for reports of a disturbance, and a second call told police a van was trying to crash through the fence of the Great Swamp Enterprises.

      An officer in a marked vehicle with lights on pulled up behind the van. The van backed up, crashing into the driver??s side door of the patrol car, officers say. The officer was not injured, but the car was badly damaged, according to police.

      After backup arrived to assist, five people were taken out of the van and detained. The investigation showed that all five of the people had been drinking in the vehicle, and one of them was a 17-year-old girl. There was also marijuana found in the van.

      The driver of the van, 30-year-old Carlin T. Seneca, refused a breathalyzer and other field sobriety tests. Officers say Carlin has a prior DWI conviction.

      Seneca was arrested and charged with DWI, reckless driving, refusal to submit to a breath test, unsafe backing, open container, 2 counts of reckless endangerment, unlawfully dealing with a child, reckless criminal mischief and unlawful possession of marijuana.

      The other four occupants were also arrested and charged.

      28-year-old Joshua Waterman, 28-year-old Tyler Seneca and 27-year-old Elijah Jimmerson are all facing charges of unlawfully dealing with a child, unlawful possession of marijuana and open container.

      The 17-year-old girl is charged with possession of alcohol while under 21, unlawful possession of marijuana and open container.