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Driver faces DWI charge after vehicle ends up on its side in Niagara River

A 20-year-old Grand Island man faces a drunken driving charge after emergency responders found his vehicle on its side on the banks of the Niagara River early Wednesday.

Volunteer firefighters extracted the driver and another person from a vehicle that was in about a foot of water near the intersection of Love Road and West River Parkway just after midnight, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators found skid marks on the roadway and debris spread over several hundred feet. They determined the vehicle crashed through trees before landing in the river.

Sheriff’s deputies found several empty beer cans inside the vehicle’s cabin, the sheriff’s office said.

Tanner Atkinson and his passenger, who was not identified, were taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Atkinson was charged with driving while intoxicated, drinking in a vehicle on a highway, speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign.

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