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Hit-and-run DWI suspect fails to appear in court

LOCKPORT – A man who allegedly was driving drunk when his car broke a pedestrian’s leg on the night before Thanksgiving failed to appear in Niagara County Court for his arraignment on a six-count indictment Friday.

Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas issued an arrest warrant for Mark J. Brown, 43, of 87th Street, Niagara Falls, who is charged with second-degree assault and vehicular assault, leaving the scene of a serious physical injury accident, tampering with physical evidence, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and an unsafe lane change.

John K. Watson, 58, was injured as he stood in the median of Niagara Falls Boulevard attempting to finish crossing the street near Niemel Drive in the Falls at 6:27 p.m. Nov. 21. Police reported that Brown’s blood alcohol content was measured at 0.13 percent in a blood test four hours later, after his arrest at his home.