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Jamestown man with prior conviction faces DWI charges after crash

JAMESTOWN - A Jamestown man with a prior conviction for driving while intoxicated registered a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit after a crash Friday morning, police said.

Russell A. Swartz, 51, rear-ended another driver just after 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Arterial and Foote avenues, Jamestown police said.

The other driver suffered back injuries and was transported by Alstar Ambulance to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.

Swartz, who was not injured in the crash, failed field sobriety tests and was arrested on a DWI charge, according to police. At the Jamestown City Jail, Swartz submitted to a chemical test that showed his BAC was nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent, police said.

Police also discovered Swartz had a prior DWI conviction in the last 10 years. He was charged with felony DWI, aggravated DWI and following too closely. He was held pending arraignment.

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