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South Buffalo driver admits DWI in New Year’s Day crash at Butler Mansion

A South Buffalo man has admitted he was driving drunk when he crashed his Ford Bronco into the brick wall on the perimeter of the Butler Mansion at 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day, seriously injuring his passenger.

James Aviles, 25, of Sheffield Avenue, pleaded guilty Monday as charged to second-degree vehicular assault, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Aviles had a blood alcohol level of .21 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, when his vehicle hit the wall at North Street and Delaware Avenue, Sedita said.

The defendant suffered head cuts, while his front seat passenger suffered a broken thigh bone.

Aviles faces a maximum prison sentence of 16 months to four years when State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges sentences him July 7.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher M. McCarthy prosecuted the case.