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Disoriented driver charged with driving while impaired

LOCKPORT – A West Seneca woman who did not appear to know where she was, what time it was and was driving a significantly damaged vehicle was charged with driving under the influence of drugs at 7:15 a.m. Monday in the 5800 block of Stone Road.

Nicole M. Szczepankiewicz, 26, of East and West Road, was charged by Niagara County sheriff’s deputies with aggravated unlicensed operation, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs.

Deputies responding to a complaint about a reckless driver found Szczepankiewicz to be confused and disoriented, driving a vehicle that had been recently damaged with a front right tire that was off the rim. She told deputies that she felt the wheel shaking, but thought she could make it home, but admitted she had no idea where she was and didn’t know what day or time it was.

Deputies found wax paper packets commonly used for heroin and syringes, as well as prescription pain killer. Szczepankiewicz eventually told deputies that she was a heroin user and needed help.