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DWI charge filed in crash injuring driver

A crash early Tuesday in Clarence resulted in a Clarence Center man being charged with driving while intoxicated after he was pulled from his vehicle and taken to the hospital, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.

Derek J. Smaczniak, 20, was treated by Swormville Fire Company before being flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center. Sheriff's officials said his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Deputies said two Tonawanda Creek Road residents called 911 at 12:27 a.m. to report a vehicle rolled over on the side of the road. Deputies found the vehicle extensively damaged, with the driver still inside.

Investigators later determined that he had been supplied alcoholic beverages by Joseph D. Montaldi, 19, of Lockport, who was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child, according to police reports.

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