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South Buffalo man discovers what happens if you ask cop for permission to drive drunk

Rico Perry has heard the same public service message as everyone else: It's not safe to drink and drive.

That warning might have been on Perry's mind when, according to a Buffalo police report, he asked Officer Virgilio Gonzalez to follow him home in Gonzalez's patrol car because he said he was intoxicated.

It happened outside the Avenue Pub in South Buffalo at 5 a.m. Sunday, as Gonzalez responded to a 911 call nearby, according to Gonzalez's report.

Gonzalez, who said he detected a strong odor of alcohol that confirmed Perry's self-description, told Perry he would get arrested if he drove in this state. Perry replied that he "did not care."

When officers left, Perry drove off, and he was pulled over on Harding Road, less than half a mile away, according to police. The 21-year-old South Buffalo man failed field sobriety tests and later registered a blood-alcohol level that was more than twice the legal limit.

To top everything else, officers found powder cocaine in a plastic bag in the front seat of Perry's car, they said.

Perry is facing driving while intoxicated and drug charges.

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