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Niagara Falls woman charged with DWI after crashing into pole

Police charged a Niagara Falls woman with driving while intoxicated early Wednesday after she crashed into a utility pole in the city's LaSalle section, according to a Niagara Falls police report.

Michelle D. Sams, 36, struck the pole near the intersection of 76th Street and Lindbergh Avenue shortly after 4 a.m., according to the police report.

Sams, of Krull Parkway, was uncooperative at the scene and did not submit to field sobriety tests, according to the report. She had marks on her shoulder from the seat belt but did not say she suffered any other injuries and walked away from the ambulance crew.

Sams also refused to exit the police vehicle at Niagara Falls police headquarters and was then taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center due to her intoxication level, facial swelling and a nose bleed. She refused to submit to a chemical test or field sobriety tests at the hospital, fought with medical staff and had to be strapped and handcuffed to a bed, according to the report.

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