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City snow plow driver pleads guilty to charges for striking cab driver, building

A City of Buffalo snowplow driver pleaded guilty today to drunken-driving, assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle for striking a building and a cab driver last month on the East Side.

James Evans, 47, of Buffalo, admitted in City Court that he was driving a plow that struck a building near the intersection of Bailey and Arden avenues about 5 a.m. Dec. 15, then hit the cab driver near Eggert Road and Kay Street, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

The driver was taken to Erie County Medical Center and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, including a broken left hand.

Evans was arrested at his home and suspended without pay.

City Judge Debra L. Givens ordered Evans to undergo drug treatment. She set further proceedings for Feb. 19.

Evans was released on $25,000 bail.