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Falls motorist charged with DWI after crash

NIAGARA FALLS – A motorist whose car went down an embankment off the Robert Moses Parkway has been charged with driving while intoxicated, according to state police.

Marie C. Spillman, 33, of Niagara Falls, was charged Tuesday with driving while intoxicated, imprudent speed and moved from lane unsafely. Troopers said the charges stem from an accident on Sunday.

Spillman was traveling west on the parkway when she drove off the right side of the road to avoid a vehicle, according to troopers. Her car crashed through trees and bushes, then continued approximately 100 yards before ending up in a field.

Spillman, who reported she was suffering from knee pain, was taken by ambulance to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for evaluation and released. She had failed field sobriety tests, police said, and blood was drawn at the hospital to determine her blood-alcohol content.

A passenger in the car wasn’t injured, police said.

Spillman was issued tickets to appear in Niagara Falls City Court.