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Three drivers found in ditches, plus two others, charged with DWI

The Erie County Sheriff's Office reported five drunk driving arrests from over the weekend:

Shawn Shearer, 38, of Orchard Park failed multiple field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test after he was stopped about 2:08 a.m. Saturday on Transit Road in Elma. A deputy observed Shearer's vehicle swerving in and out of its lane of travel. Shearer was charged with a felony count of DWI, based on a previous conviction, refusing to take a breath test, drinking alcohol in a vehicle on a highway and a traffic violation.

The deputy who arrested Shearer also discovered that Shearer's license had been revoked since February 2014 and added a felony count of aggravated unlicensed operation to the list of charges against Shearer, who was released from the Erie County Holding Center after posting $500 bail.

John Goldfinch, 44, of Orchard Park also failed field sobriety tests and a breath test indicated that his blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit after a deputy was dispatched about 2:53 a.m. Sunday to Center Road in Colden for a report of vehicle that went off the road and into a drainage ditch.

The deputy reported that when he arrived on the scene, Goldfinch was attempting to drive out of the ditch. Goldfinch was charged with aggravated DWI and two vehicle and traffic violations, issued tickets to appear in Colden Town Court and released.

Deputies arrested Robert Manfreda, 32, of Williamsville shortly after 10:32 p.m. Sunday when his vehicle was found in a ditch on Conner Road in Clarence. Manfreda told them that he had swerved to avoid hitting a deer.

Deputies said Manfreda appeared to be impaired and subsequently failed standard field sobriety tests. They also reported that Manfreda admitted he had taken Suboxone. A search of his person also turned up a glass pipe containing marijuana. Deputies also found a syringe and a metal spoon with heroin residue in the pocke to the front passenger seat of his vehicle.

After an evaluation by drug recognition expert,  it was determined Manfreda was impaired by cannabis and narcotics. He was charged with felony DWI, based on prior convictions over the past 10 years, as well as criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, and possession of marijuana.  Manfreda was released and issued tickets to appear in Clarence Town Court.

Michael Holmes, 32, of Sardinia was charged with DWI, drinking alcohol in a vehicle on a highway, refusing to submit to a breath test, speeding and three other vehicle and traffic law violations after the vehicle he was driving went off the road on Matteson Corners Road in the town.

At about 2 a.m. Sunday, deputies found Holmes in a ditch, with the engine of his vehicle still running. Holmes reportedly became belligerent and uncooperative. Holmes remained Monday in the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment.

Christine Harling, 21, of Alden was arrested after a deputy responded to call of trouble about 2:10 a.m. Monday on Broadway near a grocery store in the town and found Harling's vehicle on the shoulder of the road. The deputy said he smelled alcohol when talking to Harling, who admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages.

After failing field sobriety tests, Harling was arrested. A subsequent breath test result indicated she had a BAC level nearly 1.5 times the legal limit. Harling, who was charged with DWI and a vehicle and traffic violation, was released on appearance tickets for Alden Town Court.

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