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DRIVER CHARGED IN VEHICLE THEFT

Three charges were filed Friday against Delmont "Benny" Streeter, 31, of 2417 21st St. after a stolen sport utility vehicle he was driving struck a tree, Officer Michael Scozzafava said.

Streeter was charged with third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated and unlicensed operation after the 1:50 a.m. crash on Ninth Street.

Scozzafava said Streeter was southbound when he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the pavement, striking a tree about 125 feet north of Depot Avenue.

The $30,000 vehicle was stolen sometime after 6 p.m. Thursday from the driveway of Carmen M. Muzzillo of 803 Maple Ave., Scozzafava said.

Streeter was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for a chest contusion suffered in the accident.

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