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Falls man charged with DWI after hitting fence; passenger flees police

NIAGARA FALLS – A 20-year-old city man was charged with driving while intoxicated and other counts Saturday morning after striking a guard rail and fence at Barton Street and Maple Avenue, police said. His passenger caused a disturbance at the scene and ran away from police, according to reports.

Police were called to the area just before 8 a.m. and found a car that had failed to negotiate a curve before striking a guard rail and then a city-owned chain link fence. The driver told police that he had swerved to avoid a possum in the roadway.

Police said that Michael J. Emborsky of Maple Avenue displayed signs of intoxication, but didn't submit to a Breathalyzer test. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while impaired, as well as moving from a lane unsafely and failing to signal.

A passenger in Emborsky's car was standing in the middle of the road when police arrived on the scene, and was told he was free to leave, according to police reports. Police said he refused and began shouting obscenities at officers. When police tried to take him into custody he turned and fled, running directly into a car parked nearby, police said. The 2017 Honda, being leased by a Barton Avenue woman, sustained about $300 worth of damage to its hood in the incident.

The suspect continued to flee and eventually eluded police, who said they know his identity and are trying to locate him. Police said he would face charges including fourth-degree criminal mischief for his role, according to reports.

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