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DWI cases lead to busy weekend for deputies ; Five are charged, with three sent to jail; one accused of fighting with deputies at arrest

Wyoming County sheriff's deputies said they had a busy weekend dealing with five people arrested on drunken driving charges, three of whom ended up in jail, including a woman accused of fighting with deputies after she drove back to the home of a woman she was accused of victimizing hours earlier during a domestic dispute.

The weekend work began about 4:30 a.m. Friday, when Anthony P. Gifford, 41, of North Main Street, Silver Springs, was arrested at his home for backing his vehicle off the pavement at a Perry Avenue railroad crossing minutes earlier, deputies said.

Gifford, convicted of felony drunken driving in 2005, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, unsafe backing and driving an uninspected motor vehicle.

Michael Tisdale, 22, of Warsaw, was charged with DWI, moving from a lane unsafely, driving an uninspected motor vehicle and driving with an open container of alcohol. Deputies said he crashed into a utility pole on Route 19A in Castile about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, knocking out power in Castile and Silver Springs.

Tisdale refused to take a breath test, deputies said.

Mark E. Mattson, 56, of Arcade, was sent to the County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail after deputies said he backed his pickup truck into a ditch on Genesee Road in the Town of Arcade about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Mattson, previously convicted on a drunken driving-related offense in 2006, was charged with a felony Leandra's Law count for driving drunk with two children under age 16 in his vehicle, deputies said.

Gwendolyn Keenan, 58, of Saltvale Road, was arrested after deputies said she drove back about 11:15 a.m. Saturday to the South Academy Street home in the Village of Wyoming of a woman she allegedly abused earlier. She fought with deputies who arrested her on a DWI charge, according to sheriff's officials.

Keenan also was charged with obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Michael E. Degroot, 36, of Cowlesville, was charged after a two-car property damage crash on Urf Road in Bennington about 5 p.m. Sunday. Degroot was driving south at an unsafe speed when he lost control of his vehicle, crossed over the northbound lane and struck a car parked in a residential driveway, according to sheriff's reports.

Degroot was charged with driving while intoxicated, with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the state limit, unreasonable speed and failure to keep right, deputies said.