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Man charged with drunken driving after hitting parked car

NIAGARA FALLS – City police charged a Niagara Falls man with drunken driving and unlawful use of a cell phone following a crash with a parked vehicle just before 3 a.m. Thursday in the 1400 block of Willow Avenue.

Willie H. Payne, 68, of Cleveland Avenue, was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to use a designated lane, use of a mobile device and refusing a breath test.

Police said Payne admitted to striking the parked vehicle and told police he had been drinking at the Elk’s Lodge on Highland Avenue. He was charged following field sobriety tests.