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Drunk drivers keep Erie, Chautauqua deputies busy

Sheriff’s deputies in Erie and Chautauqua counties charged three people with driving while intoxicated late Saturday and early today, including an Elma man whose blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.20 percent – nearly three times the legal limit.

Deputy George Avery responded to a report of a car in a ditch on Clinton Street in the Town of Elma at about 11 p.m. Saturday and found Jack J. Bottoms, who appeared to be intoxicated.

Bottoms was charged with drunken driving and taken to the sheriff’s substation in Elma, where a breath test indicated his blood-alcohol level at 0.20, resulting in an additional charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated.

In an earlier incident, around 8:50 p.m., Deputy Jonathan Hanna responded to a report of a car striking a utility pole on Sharp Street in the Town of Concord.

The driver, Robert J. Kehr of Gowanda, fled into the woods when Hanna arrived at the scene. Kehr was caught after a short pursuit and charged with DWI. His blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.18 percent. Kehr had two prior felony DWI convictions in 2012, and his license had been revoked.

He also was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and was taken to the Erie County Holding Center.

Deputies in Chautauqua County charged Tracy A. Abbey, 50, of Ashville, with DWI after her vehicle veered out of its lane on Fardink Road in the Town of North Harmony around 5:40 a.m. Deputies also said Abbey failed to use a turn signal when making a turn onto Route 394.

Abbey refused a breath test. She was arraigned in Town of Harmony Court.