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Fender-bender results in DWI charge for Fredonia man

FREDONIA – A motorist who slid into another vehicle at a traffic light in the Town of Pomfret was charged with driving while intoxicated, among other things, according to State Police.

Troopers were dispatched Tuesday to Routes 60 and 20, where a vehicle driven by James Odebralski, 39, of Brocton, was hit from behind while stopped for a red light. Troopers said the vehicle that hit him was driven by Thomas Kawski, 46, of Fredonia, who tried to stop but slid on ice.

Odebralski was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk to be treated for head and neck pain.

Alcohol was detected on Kawski’s breath and he failed field sobriety tests, troopers said; a breath test administered at the Dunkirk station indicated he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent.

Charges against Kawski include a felony count of driving while intoxicated, as well as aggravated unlicensed operation and following too closely. He was released to a relative, pending a March 31 appearance in Pomfret Town Court.