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>Man with youth in car faces DWI, more charges

CHARLOTTE -- A Sinclairville man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after being stopped Friday with a 9-year-old passenger in his car, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said.

William L. Hendrickson Jr., 41, also was charged with speeding and driving while intoxicated. Hendrickson's vehicle was pulled over shortly after 5 p.m. after being observed driving at a high rate of speed on Park Street in the Town of Charlotte, deputies said.

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>Driver faces four years in prison for felony DWI

A Niagara Street man pleaded guilty Friday to drunken driving twice late last year after his license had been revoked because of an earlier drunken driving conviction.

Lester Foster, 45, was allowed to remain free on bail pending his June 17 sentencing before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns. The judge refused to give Foster a sentencing commitment and warned him that he faces a possible four-year state prison term on his conviction.

Foster pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle charges. He was arrested on the Niagara Thruway in Buffalo at about 2 a.m. Nov. 3 and on Comstock Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 21, according to prosecutor Kelly A. Omel.

Foster also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor cocaine possession charge lodged in the December arrest. He admitted he had been convicted of drunken driving and had his driver's license revoked in Erie County Court on Aug. 25, 2004, for another Buffalo incident.

The man met the three, in their late 20s or early 30s, while in a McDonald's restaurant on Main Street, Buffalo police said Saturday.

The three drove off in a dark van, and the man followed behind in his 2008 Chrysler to Michigan Avenue and Northampton Street, where the man hopped into the van, according to police.

One of the women began to grope the man, who was then pepper-sprayed, said police, who added that his keys were stolen, along with $12, and he was pushed from the van.

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