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Cheektowaga man convicted of felony driving while intoxicated

A Cheektowaga man has been convicted of felony driving while intoxicated and violating the state’s “Move Over Law” last summer when he sped past two state troopers who were assisting a motorist in a disabled vehicle on the right shoulder of the westbound Thruway in Cheektowaga.

Matthew Piazza, 26, of LeHavre Drive, was convicted as charged Monday following a non-jury trial before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Troopers William Gourlay and Nick Keil pursued Piazza at 3:30 a.m. June 21 when he sped past them in the right lane, instead of moving to the center or left lanes, which were free of traffic, Sedita said.

The troopers pulled over Piazza and charged him with felony DWI after he failed several field sobriety tests and refused to take a test to measure his blood alcohol level.

Piazza, who was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in 2009, faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced July 24.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Gresham prosecuted the case.