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Alden man charged with felony DWI after registering 0.40 blood-alcohol content in Buffalo

City police stopped an Alden man driving on a Buffalo street and accused him of driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.40 percent – five times the threshold for drunken driving.

The driver was unable to perform roadside sobriety tests, and, after he was arrested, he was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, police said.

Northwest District officers charged Patrick A. Zon, 47, of Buckwheat Road, with felony driving while intoxicated after he was stopped at about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

According to police reports and computer records, it’s not the first time the driver has been accused of having a very high blood-alcohol content. He previously was accused of registering a reading about four times the legal limit.

Zon was charged Wednesday with felony DWI because of a prior drunken-driving conviction in 2011 in the Town of Alden, according to the police report.

In June 2011, The Buffalo News reported that Zon was arrested for DWI after Erie County sheriff’s deputies said he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.30. Computer records also show that a Patrick Zon had a DWI conviction in Kenmore following a 1993 arrest. After the arrest Wednesday night, police listed a Kenmore Avenue address for the driver in that case. Zon’s vehicle was stopped on Wilber Avenue in Kenmore, about three blocks north of Kenmore Avenue.