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Three charged with DWI in separate incidents

Erie County sheriff’s deputies and state police charged three local drivers with driving while intoxicated overnight Thursday.

One woman was found passed out in her vehicle in a liquor store parking lot.

A man was found hiding in the woods after striking mail boxes.

Another woman was stopped for driving erratically and found to have a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit.

State police responded to a call of a woman passed out in her vehicle in the parking lot of Passport Wines & Spirit on Main Street in Clarence about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Troopers said the motor in the vehicle was running and a trooper noticed a strong odor of alcohol as he checked on the woman.

Elizabeth S. Simmons, 44, of Salt Road, Clarence, told police she had been in the parking lot about 10 minutes. She failed roadside sobriety tests and her blood alcohol content showed 0.23 after she submitted to a breath test.

She was charged with aggravated DWI and issued tickets.

Later that night, Maria Navarro, 25, of Williamsville, was charged with aggravated DWI and traffic infractions after she was stopped for erratic driving on Connection Drive in Clarence about 11:45 p.m. Thursday.

A breath test revealed her blood alcohol content to be 0.22, almost three times the legal limit of 0.08. She was issued traffic tickets.

And an Angola man was charged with felony DWI after deputies responded to a report of a vehicle leaving the road, striking several mail boxes and hitting a utility pole in North Collins shortly after midnight Thursday.

Deputies said they discovered David A. Rubeck, 41, had fled the scene on foot. Deputy Ken Achtyl found him hiding in the woods. His blood alcohol content was 0.10, and he was charged with felony DWI and felony aggravated unlicensed operation. He had a previous DWI conviction within the last 10 years, and his license had been revoked for a previous alcohol-related offense. He also was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and several traffic infractions.