Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the arrest of three men in separate incidents for driving while intoxicated.
On Jan. 15, Deputy Jason Clark stopped a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Baseline Road at Love Road, on Grand Island. The driver of the vehicle, Michael Johnson, age 38, of Stony Point Road, failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI. Johnson refused to submit to a chemical test to determine his blood-alcohol concentration. Additional charges of criminal possession of controlled substance in the seventh degree, and reckless driving were also lodged against Johnson.
Johnson was released to a third party and will appear in Grand Island Court at a later date.
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Sheriff Howard also reports the arrest of a Depew resident for operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs.
On Jan. 15, Deputy Simon Biegasiewicz, stopped a vehicle on South State Parkway after he observed the vehicle drive over the traffic circle on Grand Island Boulevard at Staley Road. The driver, Frank DiPasquale, age 18, of Como Park Boulevard in Depew, was observed by Biegasiewicz to be smoking a suspected marijuana cigarette while he approached the car. DiPasquale failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs and possession of marijuana.
DiPasquale was released to third party and will appear in Grand Island Court at a later date.
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A motorist from the City of Niagara Falls was arrested on numerous charges Jan. 9.
Anthony T. Marshall, age 22, of North Avenue, was stopped on the I-190 for a tinted window violation by Deputy Adam Imiolo, of the Erie County Sheriff's Grand Island substation. The driver was evasive with the deputy, and at first did not produce a license and gave a fictitious name. When he finally did produce identification, it was a non-driver I.D. only, which did not permit him to drive. When that name was run through the DMV computer, it showed that he had four current revocations in effect, three of which were for failing to pay a fine, and one for refusing to submit to a chemical test. At this point, he was charged with counts of aggravated unlicensed operation, all misdemeanors, as well as the tint violation. A warrant check was performed, which revealed that Marshall had five outstanding bench warrants - one from the Town of Cheektowaga, and four from the City of Niagara Falls - all for various penal and V&T law violations.
The vehicle, which was registered to an uninvolved third party, was towed from the scene. A female passenger was released. He was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center on $1,000 bail, and will be turned over to Cheektowaga and Niagara Falls courts on their warrants.