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Hit-run driver leaves license plate at scene, faces DWI charge in Niagara Falls

A Niagara Falls man faces charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident after a collision Tuesday where he left behind part of his bumper and a license plate, according to a city police report.

Police responded to the intersection of Ferry Avenue and 10th Street just after 6 p.m. An officer found one of the vehicles involved in the collision left the scene heading east on Ferry and put out the vehicle's license plate over police radio, according to the report.

Other officers located the vehicle on Niagara Falls Boulevard near 56th Street. The driver, who told police he consumed four or five drinks at a Niagara Street bar, failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested, according to the report.

Jerome F. Radle, 45, of 85th Street, registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 percent in a breath test at police headquarters. Radle's license was suspended after a conviction for driving while ability impaired in Lewiston in February, the report states. He was charged with DWI, first-, second- and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, leaving the scene of an accident and making an unsafe lane change.

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