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Buffalo driver with prior DWI faces three felonies

Gary D. Bishop, 38, of Buffalo (State Police)

A Buffalo man with a prior conviction for driving while intoxicated was charged Monday night by state police at the Peace Bridge plaza with two counts of felony DWI.

Troopers, who responded to the plaza at about 10:30 p.m., said they saw Gary D. Bishop, 38, behind the wheel of a leased vehicle. The vehicle lacked an ignition interlock device, which was required of a vehicle Bishop was driving because of his prior conviction, police said.

Bishop, who has a DWI conviction within the last 10 years, was determined to be intoxicated and was taken back to the troopers' Buffalo barracks, where he took a breath test and registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent, according to police.

In addition to the felony DWI counts, troopers charged him with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a felony, and operating a leased or rented vehicle without an ignition interlock device installed, a misdemeanor.

He was scheduled to be arraigned in Buffalo City Court on Tuesday morning.

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