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Driver who struck person in parking lot after Bills game arrested after returning to retrieve license plate

Orchard Park police charged a man with drunken driving, assault and reckless endangerment after he struck a man with his car in a private lot after Sunday's Bills game.

Police were called at 7:39 p.m. after a vehicle was reported to be driving recklessly in the parking lot, which police described only as "near the stadium." The driver was doing donuts and struck a fence, which caused his license plate to fall off, police said.

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Stephen Lestingi faces numerous charges after an incident Sunday. (Orchard Park police)

The parking lot owner tried to stop the driver from leaving, but was struck in the leg by the driver. While police were on scene investigating, the driver - identified as Stephen Lestingi, 46, of Lakeview - returned to the lot to get his license plate, police said.

[Related: Tackling private parking-lot misbehavior outside Bills games]

Lestingi admitted to being involved in the hit-and-run and was arrested after failing field sobriety tests, according to Orchard Park police.

He registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent at the police station and was charged with consuming alcohol in a vehicle, driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI, driving without a front license plate and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, police said.

Authorities also charged him with second-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment, both felony charges. Lestingi was previously convicted of driving while impaired by alcohol in 2007, according to police.

The parking lot owner was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Lestingi was being held for arraignment.

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Sarah Quintieri of Amherst refused a breath test after she was pulled over after the Bills game. (Orchard Park police)

About 20 minutes earlier, police responded to a report of a vehicle driving erratically on Orchard Park Road. Officers pulled over a southbound vehicle on North Buffalo Road as the driver was failing to stay in her lane, police said.

Sarah Quintieri, 37, of Amherst, told police she was heading home from the Bills game. She failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. She refused a breath test.

Police charged Quintieri with driving while intoxicated, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, moving from a lane unsafely and failure to submit to a breath test.

email: abesecker@buffnews.com

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