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Traffic stop opens the floodgate of charges against Hamburg man

Failure to use a turn signal was the tip of the iceberg for Erie County sheriff's deputies who stopped a Hamburg motorist and arrested him on several charges Wednesday.

Deputy Theresa Nietzel pulled over Gregory Durrett, 41, shortly before 8 p.m. after he failed to use a turn signal on Creekside Court in the Town of Boston. While talking with Durrett, the deputy suspected he was intoxicated and also discovered open containers of alcoholic beverages in the vehicle.

Further, a 15-year-old girl was in the back seat, and she also had consumed alcohol and wasn't using a seat belt, deputies reported.

A breath test indicated Durrett had a blood alcohol content of 0.20, more than twice the legal limit.

Durrett, who previously was convicted of driving while intoxicated in 2008, was charged with felony counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated and violating Leandra's Law -- driving drunk with a passenger 15 years or younger.

He also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, possession of marijuana and multiple traffic infractions.

Two other passengers also were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child for their roles in serving alcohol to the teenage girl, deputies said.

Joseph D. Wahler, 30, of Orchard Park, also was charged with marijuana possession. The other passenger was an 18-year-old, whose name wasn't released because of his age.

Both Wahler and the 18-year-old were released on appearance tickets. Durrett was arraigned in Boston Town Court, then sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $250 bail.

Deputy Doug Grube assisted in the investigation.

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