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Sheriff’s deputies nearly struck by drunk driver when stopped with another drunk driver

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies were nearly struck by the vehicle of an alleged drunken driver while making another driving while intoxicated arrest Thursday night in Clarence.

At about 9 p.m., deputies responded to the scene of a vehicle in a ditch on Transit Road. The first deputy who arrived found the vehicle unoccupied, but the driver was later located nearby, the sheriff’s office said.

After he failed field sobriety tests, Anthony Remsen, 47, of Lockport was charged with felony DWI, drinking alcohol in a vehicle and traffic violations. Remsen had a previous DWI conviction within the last 10 years. He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.

While deputies were dealing with Remsen, a passing car nearly struck one of the deputy’s patrol vehicles. Police pursued the vehicle, but the driver only slowed down and moved to the shoulder of the roadway, instead of stopping. The driver eventually stopped once the deputies started blowing their siren, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies charged Patricia Mount, 40, of Lockport, with DWI, failure to use due care for a stopped emergency vehicle and improper passing on the right.

Mount registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.19 percent, more than double the legal limit of 0.08 percent, the sheriff’s office said.

She was also argumentative and confrontational with deputies. She was ticketed and released to a sober third party.