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Several alcohol-related automobile crashes this holiday weekend -- including one into the Niagara River and another into a Niagara County house -- resulted in several injuries and property damage, area police agencies reported Friday.

The most serious crash occurred at about 1:15 a.m. Friday when Kevin White, 22, of Grand Island, was allegedly speeding east on Ransom Road on the island.

White passed through a stop sign at East River Road, crashed through a guard rail and went down an embankment before coming to rest more than 40 feet out into the east branch of the Niagara River, Erie County sheriff's deputies and Grand Island firefighters reported.

White and two passengers were able to make their way to shore. White was not injured. He was charged with driving while intoxicated.

A front-seat passenger, Thomas Williams, 24, of Grand Island, was taken to Erie County Medical Center for neck and back injuries. A rear-seat passenger, Jose Palma, 22, also of Grand Island, was taken to ECMC with serious head injuries.

Their conditions were not available late Friday.

About four hours earlier -- just after 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day -- a Ford F-250 driven by Aleksandr Krechko, no age or address available, went off of Wheatfield-Pendleton Townline Road in Wheatfield and crashed into a parked vehicle.

Krechko's vehicle then traveled across a nearby lawn and knocked down a basketball pole before crashing into another parked vehicle and a house there.

Krechko failed field sobriety tests at the scene and had open containers of alcohol in his vehicle, Niagara County Sheriff's Department officials said.

Krechko was charged with felony DWI. He was held without bail in Niagara County Jail pending arraignment Tuesday. Deputies said Krechko also had outstanding arrest warrants in North Carolina.

Police said they also seized several bottles of pills and smoking pipes from Krechko's car.

Meanwhile, Erie County deputies reported making two additional DWI arrests.

Daniel C. Lavin, 33, of Collins, was charged with DWI and other traffic infractions after he was involved in a two-vehicle crash at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Gowanda Zoar Road in Collins. Deputies pegged Lavin's blood alcohol content at .24 percent, three times the legal limit. No injuries were reported in that crash.

Then, at about 12:40 a.m. Friday, Gregory A. Miller, 43, of Bernville, Pa., was stopped after he was weaving in the roadway and traveling 78 mph on Route 16 in Sardinia. He failed a breath test and was charged with DWI. Miller was taken into custody pending arraignment.


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