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Tractor-trailer driver charged with having 0.33 BAC on Thruway

State Police on Monday charged a Michigan truck driver with having a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit.

Gordon R. Monreal, 51, was pulled over at about 7:25 p.m. on the mainline Thruway in Amherst after police received reports of a tractor-trailer driver operating erratically.

Monreal, of Flushing, Mich., was arrested and taken to the Buffalo barracks where he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.33 percent, more than quadruple the legal limit of 0.08 percent, State Police said.

Authorities charged him with aggravated driving while intoxicated and several vehicle and traffic violations.

Before he was arraigned in Amherst Town Court, police took him to Erie County Medical Center to be evaluated because of his elevated BAC. He was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center with bail set at $5,000.

Monreal is due in court again Thursday.