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Niagara Falls man charged after driving wrong way on Thruway

A Niagara Falls man faces a variety of charges after he drove the wrong way on the mainline Thruway on Saturday night.

Troopers charged Andrew J. Patterson after they say he made an illegal U-turn near the Route 219 exit. They began pursuit of his Chevrolet Avalanche at about 7:13 p.m.

After making the U-turn, Patterson, 26, then drove westbound in the eastbound lanes until he crashed into a fence off the Niagara Thruway near Ogden Street. He then ran away on foot, but was caught a short distance away.

Troopers found him in possession of a glass pipe with crack cocaine residue. He was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, second-degree criminal mischief, first-degree reckless endangerment, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, resisting arrest and multiple vehicle and traffic violations.

After he was arraigned in West Seneca Town Court, Patterson was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center on $25,000 cash bail. He’s due back in court Thursday.

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