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Driver trying to slip away from crash charged with DWI

A resident in the 1600 block of 22nd Street told Niagara Falls police she heard a loud crash just after 5 a.m. Saturday and saw that a car had hit something. When she went to see if the driver was okay, he allegedly told her to "act like it's yours" and tried to walk away from the scene.

The driver, Michael A. Howard, 31, of Grove Avenue, Niagara Falls was stopped by arriving police officers, who said Howard was tripping "over his (own) feet" as he tried to flee.

Howard complained of knee pain and asked to be taken to the hospital, so police did not conduct field sobriety tests. They did recover a baggie of suspected marijuana from the car.

Howard was charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an incident, unlawful possession of marijuana and having no license.

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