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Barker man indicted on DWI, drug counts in wake of crash

LOCKPORT – A Barker man who allegedly crashed his car into a tree Nov. 1 pleaded not guilty Wednesday in State Supreme Court to an indictment accusing him of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.

Benjamin J. Taylor, 24, of Quaker Road, is charged with two felony counts of driving while intoxicated and felony counts of driving while his ability was impaired by drugs and by a combination of alcohol and drugs.

Taylor also was charged with failure to keep right and unlawful possession of marijuana. His blood alcohol content was measured at .11 percent after the wreck shortly before 2 a.m. on Quaker Road in Somerset.

In another case Wednesday in the courtroom of Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., Scott A. Westmoreland, 25, of Ransomville Road, Ransomville, pleaded not guilty to felony DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to keep right. He was arrested Dec. 20 in Niagara Falls.