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Tonawanda man charged with DWI, fleeing from officers

NORTH TONAWANDA — A City of Tonawanda man was arrested early Sunday after police said he was driving drunk and fought with officers after fleeing from them on foot.

Clinton C. Plotner, 32, of Adam Street was charged just after 3:30 a.m. with felony DWI, resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, speeding, an unsafe lane change and passing the center line.

Officers stopped Plotner’s vehicle on Tremont Street in North Tonawanda, after he crossed into the city from Tonawanda on Main Street, said Capt. Fredric F. Foels of the City of Tonawanda Police Department.

Plotner then exited his vehicle and tried to flee from officers in the downtown area in North Tonawanda, Foels said.

During the chase, Plotner fell in the street, where officers detained him with the help of a nearby citizen, Foels said. Plotner was handcuffed after fighting briefly with officers, police said.

Because of two previous DWI convictions in 2009, the DWI charge was elevated to a felony, Foels said. Plotner refused a breath test and was held for court.

Officer Joseph Rank II was slightly injured during the scuffle and was treated at Kenmore Mercy Hospital but he remained on duty.