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3 FACE DWI CHARGES IN SOUTHTOWNS

Holiday drinking ended in three drunken-driving arrests in the Southtowns, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.

Curt Wierzbowski, 44, of Jamison Road, Elma, allegedly drove his vehicle off Route 16 in Holland at 7:55 a.m. Thursday. He was treated in Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to Deputy David Barbaritz.

At 2 a.m. Thursday, Deputy Amy Klimowicz spotted a damaged vehicle on the side of Route 240 in Orchard Park. She observed the driver passed out and a 5-year-old child in the vehicle, adding that the car stereo was blaring and the vehicle had a flat tire, according to Klimowicz, who awakened the driver, Julie Hagen, 44, of Maple Avenue, Hamburg.

Hagen refused a breath test, the deputy said, and was charged with felony drunken driving and felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. The felony charges were lodged because of an alcohol-related driving conviction, he said. She also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

At 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Deputies Dan Walczak and John McCarthy responded to a report of a car in a ditch on Thiel Road in North Collins, where they found Daniel Ricotta, 45, of School Street, North Collins. Ricotta took a breath test and registered a 0.35 blood-alcohol reading. The legal threshold is 0.08.

Deputies took Ricotta to Lake Shore Hospital for observation as a precaution because of the high amount of alcohol in his system, they said. He was later released and charged with drunken driving.

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