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Driver accused of drunken driving following a three-car crash in Newfane

NEWFANE – A Newfane man with a history of drunken driving is accused of being drunk when he ran a red light, causing a minor three-car crash Tuesday evening at the intersection of Ridge and Lockport-Olcott roads.

Bruce L. Bowman, 60, of Lockport-Olcott Road, was charged by Niagara County sheriff’s deputies with driving while intoxicated, a felony due to a previous conviction in 2006 in the Town of Lockport; following too closely; and speed not reasonable and prudent.

Deputies called to the scene just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday said Bowman’s vehicle failed to stop at the red light and then struck a stopped vehicle, causing the chain reaction crash. Bowman said he failed to notice the light had changed and then couldn’t stop.

Deputies said he appeared to be intoxicated, but refused testing at the scene, saying, “I’m going to fail. I’m not doing them.”

He admitted to deputies that he had “a few drinks” before driving.