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Six charged with aggravated DWI in Erie County

The Erie County Sheriff's Office and the State Police made 17 driving while intoxicated arrests over the weekend, the agencies announced Monday.

Six of the arrests involved charges of aggravated DWI, meaning the driver had a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent or greater. Here are the incidents in which an aggravated DWI charged was levied:

  • Randall Neal, 61, of Buffalo, registered a BAC of 0.28 percent, 3 1/2 times the legal limit, after he was pulled over on Friday for unsafe backing on Curtis Street, state police said. Neal was unable to perform field sobriety tests, authorities said.
  • Eric Gralke, 41, of West Seneca, was pulled over at about 11:36 p.m. Friday at Southwestern Boulevard and Reserve Road in West Seneca, the Sheriff's Office said. Gralke had a BAC more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent and also was cited for multiple traffic infractions.
  • A sheriff's deputy pulled over Thomas George, 26, of Holland, at about 2:06 a.m. Saturday on Transit Road in Clarence. His BAC was more than double the legal limit, the Sheriff's Office said. He also was cited for multiple vehicle and traffic violations, the Sheriff's Office said.
  • Brian Evertt, 24, of Alden, was pulled over for speeding at about 8:55 p.m. Sunday on Main Street in Clarence, the Sheriff's Office said. Evertt, who registered a BAC of more than 2 1/2 times the legal limit, also was cited for multiple vehicle and traffic violations, authorities said.
  • A Buffalo woman who had three children in the back seat of her vehicle was charged Sunday. A trooper conducted a traffic stop on Bailey Avenue and found the three children unrestrained. Patrice Coleman, 36, registered a BAC of 0.18 percent and was charged with aggravated DWI under Leandra's Law and child endangerment, authorities said.
  • A state trooper pulled over Jonathan Santiago, 31, of Buffalo, on the Kensington Expressway on Sunday for driving 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. Santiago submitted to a breath test and registered a BAC of 0.18 percent, state police said.

The Sheriff's Office said many of the arrests were possible because of additional patrols funded by the Erie County STOP-DWI program.

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