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Driver charged with felony DWI after refusing to stop

An East Concord man with a previous DWI conviction was charged again Sunday after Orchard Park police say they had to chase him for mile because he refused to stop for their siren and flashing lights.

Police said they observed Robert Dmochowski, 51, driving recklessly on the northbound Route 219 Expressway near the Milestrip Road exits. They said he did not stop his vehicle for about a mile after police in pursuit activated the flashing lights and siren of their patrol car.

After he was pulled over, police said Dmochowski showed obvious signs of intoxication. He was given a field sobriety test and arrested for DWI and other charges including reckless driving, failure to keep right and driving with an open container of alcohol.

The DWI charge was later upgraded to a felony because he was convicted of DWI in May 2013 in the Town of Ashford in Cattaraugus County.

Dmochowski was arraigned in Orchard Park Town Court and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $1,000 bail. He is scheduled to reappear in court at 4 p.m. on May 26.

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