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DWI charged after chase; SUV hit house steps, cars

A North Tonawanda man was charged with driving while intoxicated early this morning after he slammed his vehicle into the front concrete steps of a Nash Road home and then into two cars in the driveway next door, police said.

The multiple crashes occurred at 2:49 a.m., after the man had eluded a brief police chase earlier in the Town of Tonawanda.

Following the crashes, the man fled from his SUV and led North Tonawanda police officers on a foot chase through back yards and over fences, North Tonawanda police Capt. William Hall said.

Officers Robert Bohnstadt and Richard Wydysh caught the man a few blocks away from the crash site, near his home. They charged David Braun, 34, of Duane Drive, with DWI, speed not reasonable and prudent and reckless driving.

Town of Tonawanda police also cited Braun for 18 traffic summonses, following a chase that started when an officer spotted him going the wrong way on Sheridan Drive, North Tonawanda police said. Town police officers called off their chase after the driver turned off his lights while heading north on the Colvin Extension.

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Man accused of threatening two, slashing car tires

Amherst police today arrested a 46-year-old man accused of threatening his girlfriend's two sons with a knife and slashing one tire on each of their cars, following an argument over the purchase of a pizza around midnight.

Police responded to a 12:01 a.m. call on Homecrest Drive, where Officer Thomas Grillo charged Robert D. Daniel, of the Homecrest Drive address, with menacing, weapons possession and two counts of criminal mischief.

Daniel is accused of using the knife to slash the two tires. When the two young men, both in their early 20s, went outside to check their cars, he allegedly threatened them with the knife.

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