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Batavia man charged with DWI after police find him, passenger walking away from car

BATAVIA – A 26-year-old Batavia man seen walking away from a car was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after his blood-alcohol content was recorded at 0.21 percent, according to State Police.

Troopers saw two men walking south on Route 98 on Tuesday, away from a car with its hazard lights flashing. When troopers attempted to interview Jeffrey M. Burdett – subsequently identified as the driver of that car – he refused to cooperate and became belligerent, police said.

Burdett also resisted as troopers took him into custody for driving while intoxicated, police said.

Police said Burdett was driving at a high rate of speed when he hit a sign while attempting to turn right onto Saile Drive. An ambulance crew treated Burdett and his passenger, Matthew J. Burdett, 23, for minor injuries stemming from the car accident; the relationship between the two wasn’t disclosed.

Jeffrey Burdett was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and imprudent speed.

Following arraignment in Batavia Town Court, he was sent to Genesee County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail. He’s due back in court July 27.