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Orchard Park woman charged with DWI, reckless driving

A report of a motorist weaving through traffic on Route 219 led to the arrest of an Orchard Park woman on multiple charges, including driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a child.

Oficers were dispatched at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday to investigate a report of a southbound sport utility vehicle that was weaving all over Route 219, cutting off cars and almost causing several accidents, Orchard Park police said. The SUV got off the expressway at the Route 20A exit in Orchard Park and continued along several streets before stopping in a private driveway on Briggs Drive.

Officers found the vehicle there as it was backing out of the driveway. It was driven by Amy Clifford, 46, and occupied by her two children, whom she had just picked up from the Briggs Drive address.

Clifford appeared intoxicated, officers said, and failed field sobriety tests. At police headquarters, a breath test indicated she had a blood-alcohol level of .22 – almost three times the legal limit, police said.

Clifford was charged with aggravated DWI, two counts of child endangerment – because they were in the SUV at the time of their mother’s arrest, reckless driving, moving from lane unsafely and driving on the road shoulder.

The children were left with their father; police said a further investigation will be conducted by Child Protective Services.

Clifford was released after posting $200 bail and is scheduled to appear Feb. 17 in Orchard Park Town Court.