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>Driver behind wheel in ditch is arrested

A Gowanda man found sitting behind the wheel of a car in a ditch early this morning has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m., Deputy Brad Ballantyne was called to check on the occupied car in the ditch on Route 438 on the Seneca Nation of Indians territory.

Ballantyne, assisted by a Gowanda police officer, charged Ronald W. Jamieson, 36, of Route 438, with felony DWI, due to a previous drunken-driving conviction in 2006, and aggravated unlicensed operation, for driving with a revoked license, sheriff's deputies said.

Jamieson also was ticketed for failure to maintain a proper lane.

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