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North Tonawanda woman, with butcher knife on front seat, wanted to ‘talk to’ boyfriend

A North Tonawanda woman was charged in three incidents in a span of several hours overnight, including once for driving drunk while heading away from her boyfriend’s home with a butcher knife on the front seat, City of Tonawanda Police said.

Denise A. Ellingson told the officer who stopped her that she had wanted “to talk to” her boyfriend, but he was not home.

The events started at 11 p.m. Wednesday on Moyle Avenue, when Ellingson refused to leave her boyfriend’s house and yelled and swore in the street at officers and her boyfriend. She was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and issued an appearance ticket. Ellingson, 50, was released into the custody of her daughter and a third party. She also was told not to return to her boyfriend’s house and not to drive, due to her intoxication.

At 2 a.m., police found Ellingson driving on Young Street. She told police she had gotten into her vehicle in North Tonawanda and had driven to her boyfriend’s house. That’s when officers spotted the large butcher knife on the passenger seat.

She was charged with felony driving while intoxicated because of a 2014 drunken driving conviction in Buffalo, police said. Ellingson also refused a breath test.

After finding the knife, police then went to the boyfriend’s house to check on him. He told them she had returned to the house and banged on the door. But he refused to let her in, he told police.

Ellingson was then also charged with trespassing. She was held for arraignment in Tonawanda City Court.