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Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies have charged an Erie, Pa., man with drunken driving after a one-car accident Friday on Interstate 86 in the Town of Mina.

The driver, Taylor J. Bennett, 25, had left the scene, and deputies found him at the Holiday Inn Express, a short distance away.

Following an investigation, deputies charged Bennett with driving while intoxicated, making an unsafe lane change and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. The investigation determined that Bennett was on his way to Erie from Jamestown when he lost control on the snow-covered roadway.

Deputies said Bennett struck a highway sign and had the opportunity to contact police to report the accident once he was at the hotel, but chose not to. Instead, he had called for a tow truck.

Bennett was taken into custody and refused a chemical breath test, which deputies said resulted in the immediate suspension of his driving privileges in New York State. Bennett is due to appear in Mina Town Court at a later date on the charges.

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