Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reportd four DWI arrests were made over night by the Erie County Sheriff's Office throughout the County.
At about 12:30am Saturday morning Erie County Sheriff's Deputy David L. Zamorek stopped a vehicle on Church St. in Buffalo for a red light violation. Further interview and field sobriety tests of the driver, 39 y/o Michael J. Wah of Ivanhoe Dr. in Buffalo, found him to be intoxicated. Wah submitted to a chemical breath test which resulted in a .20% BAC. Wah was arrested and charged with Aggravated DWI and later released to a third party on apprearance tickets for Buffalo City Court at a later date.
About 15 minutes later at 12:45am Saturday morning, Erie County Sheriff's Deputies Nick Coniglio and Justin Bauer stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on W. Main St. in the Village of Springville. Further interview and field sobriety tests showed the driver, 42 y/o Denise J. Schauer of Fairview Dr. in Gowanda, to be intoxicated. Schauer submitted to a chemical breath test which resulted in a .13% BAC. Schauer was arrested and charged with DWI and traffic violations and later released to a third party on appearance tickets for the Village of Springville Court at a later date.
Around 3:00am, Sheriff's Deputy David L. Zamorek stopped another vehicle, this time on the I-190 in the Town of Tonawanda for multiple traffic violations, primarily failure to maintain the traffic lane. With assistance from the State Police, the driver, 33 y/o Katrina M. Billups of Dartmouth St. in Buffalo was found to be intoxicated. Billups refused all further testing and breath testing. Her passenger, 59 y/o Vernon Barnes of Wyoming Ave. in Buffalo, was confrontational and beligerent while the interview was taking place and Barnes was eventually arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing Govt Adminstration and Resisting arrest. Both Billups and Barnes were taken to the Erie County Holding Center and held on $500 bail.
Finally, around 3:20am, Sheriff's Deputies Theresa Nietzel and Gene Nati, assisted by Sgt. James Welch, responded to Transit Rd. near Main St. in the Town of Clarence for a report of a one car property damage accident where the vehicle went over the median and had two of it's tires blown out. The driver was observed walking away from the scene. Deputies located the driver nearby, 22 y/o Shamell D. Russell of Main St. in Buffalo, and upon further interview and field sobriety tests, found her to be intoxicated. Russell submitted to a chemical breath test which resulted in .14% BAC. Russell was arrested and charged with DWI and other traffic violations and later released to a third party on appearance tickets to the Town of Clarence Court at a later date.
These were the 96th, 97th, 98th, and 99th DWI arrests by the Erie County Sheriff's Office this year.