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Hamburg man faces DWI charge after crashing into tree in Clarence

A Hamburg man who crashed into a tree in Clarence early Monday morning had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said.

Brendan Fogarty, 25, was found unresponsive after a one-vehicle crash on Lapp Road at about 3:15 a.m. He was extricated by volunteer firefighters and transported to Erie County Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries to his upper body, the Sheriff's Office said.

An initial breath screening at the hospital indicated Fogarty's BAC was nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent. The number for his official blood-alcohol level was to be based on further testing, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office said in an email.

Authorities charged Fogarty with driving while intoxicated and traffic violations including drinking alcohol in a vehicle, speeding and a seat belt violation.

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