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DWI offender known to cops nabbed again

A Dunkirk man well known to sheriff’s deputies in Chautauqua County for drunken driving was charged again with driving while intoxicated late Saturday.

Deputies who knew that Travis L. Perkins’ driver’s license had been revoked for a DWI conviction pulled him over on Howard Street in Silver Creek just before midnight, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Perkins, 39, registered a blood-alcohol content of greater than .08 percent and was charged with felony-level DWI because he had been convicted of aggravated DWI twice within the last 10 years, deputies said. He also was driving without an ignition interlock device, which was required of him, deputies said. The interlock, which operates like a Breathalyzer, is designed to stop someone from starting a vehicle if they have been drinking.

Perkins was placed in the county jail after being arraigned in village court on drunken driving charges, a felony charge of aggravated unlicensed operation, being an unlicensed operator, a charge called “operating outside interlock restriction” and failing to notify the state Department of Motor Vehicles of an address change.