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Hamburg man charged with DWI while searching for ejected puppy

A Hamburg man whose puppy was thrown from his truck in a minor accident Friday morning will face DWI charges in Town of Concord court next month. It looks like the puppy will be OK.

State Police arrested Douglas Coble, 50, of Columbia Street in Hamburg after they were flagged down at about 10:45 a.m. by a witness who said a truck on Route 219 had been swerving between lanes before it rolled into a snowbank on its passenger side near Genesee Road in Concord. The driver got out of the truck, freed the vehicle and drove away.

However, while troopers were talking to the witness, the driver returned. Coble said he was trying to find his German Shepherd puppy, who apparently was ejected from the truck when it when it went off the road. Troopers reported that Coble appeared to be impaired and conducted field sobriety tests. He was arrested and reportedly later showed a BAC of 0.11 percent.

The dog was found a short distance from the accident scene by Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies who were assisting. A deputy took the pup to a Springville animal hospital, where it was treated for a cut on its front leg.