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Buffalo woman faces DWI charge after traffic stop

A Buffalo woman was charged with drunken driving early Monday morning after a mobile license plate reader with sensors on the back of a patrol car determined she was driving with a suspended registration, Northeast District police said.

The device, which is connected to computers at the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, alerted Northeast District Police Officer Patrick McDonald just after 4 a.m. and he stopped the vehicle at Leroy Avenue and Holden Street. When he approached the vehicle, the officer said he smelled alcohol.

Nicole Humphrey, 35, of the 200 block of Hempstead Avenue, failed a sobriety test and later registered a 0.13 blood alcohol content level. The vehicle’s registration was suspended, McDonald said, because of a lapse in auto insurance coverage. Humphrey, he added, also was driving with a learner’s permit.