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Youngstown man charged with DWI in crash last Sunday

PORTER – A Youngstown man has been charged with driving while intoxicated in the crash of his car at Creek and Blairville roads last Sunday morning, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said.

Dakota L. Pembleton, 20, posted a blood-alcohol leve of 0.04 percent, well below the legal limit, deputies said, but the Church Street resident was still charged with DWI.

As deputies arrived at the crash scene about 5 a.m., they noticed two vehicles, including a black Ford with heavy damage to the front and rear bumpers that was attempting to pull away. The car was stopped a short distance away, when deputies noticed all of its air bags had been deployed. The unidentified driver – not Pembleton – said he was driving the car home to avoid a towing bill.

Pembleton, however, was in a truck following the car, deputies said. The suspect, they added, displayed signs of intoxication and admitted to drinking and also smoking marijuana before the crash.

Deputies said Pembleton told them his eyes closed and that he suddenly realized he had hit “something” – possibly a deer, according to initial reports.