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DRIVER EATING FOOD CRASHES, FACES DWI CHARGES

A drunken driver eating a plate of lasagna at 77 mph Sunday evening totaled his car on Route 78 in the Town of Wales, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.

Daniel E. Youngman also admitted that his rear brakes had been disconnected before this last ride ended at 6:25 p.m.

"Youngman said he was momentarily distracted just before the crash by the flashing red lights on the sheriff's patrol vehicle in his rear-view mirror," deputies said.

Youngman, 33, of 12380 Big Tree Road, Wales Center, crashed into a guardrail while trying to turn from Strykersville Road onto Woodchuck Road, according to the deputies' report.

"He was clocked at 77 mph on radar and was driving on the wrong side of the road," the report relates. "He lost control and rammed head-on into the guardrail. His car was totally demolished."

Deputies said the driver freely admitted what had happened.

"Youngman admitted that his rear brakes were disconnected and that his front brakes locked up. He also admitted that he had a few beers prior to the accident and that he was eating a plate of lasagna as he was driving down the road."

The car was impounded for a brake inspection.

Youngman escaped serious injury because his seat belt was fastened, deputies said.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding and driving on the wrong side of the road.

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