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Extended pause at green light leads to aggravated DWI charge

A Niagara Falls man who police say was stopped at a green light early Wednesday morning and only began moving once the officer beeped his horn was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, according to a Niagara Falls police report.

Michael Blackburn, 21, of Lockport Street, was pulled over at about 12:50 a.m. on Niagara Street. Police reported Blackburn sat at a traffic light at 10th Street that was green for about 20 seconds before being prompted to start driving by the officer who was behind him. Once his vehicle began moving, it was driven at a high rate of speed, according to the report.

Blackburn failed several field sobriety tests and registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent. In addition to aggravated DWI, he was charged with two counts of DWI, driving while ability impaired by alcohol and ticketed for imprudent speed and failing to obey a traffic device, according to the report.

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