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Jail nurse charged with DWI after arriving to work

TOWN OF LOCKPORT — A nurse at the Niagara County Jail was arrested recently after jail personnel said she arrived for work noticeably drunk and had suspected alcohol inside a Gatorade bottle in her bag.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the jail lobby at 9:23 p.m. on Jan. 18 to perform field sobriety tests after Kellie E. Smith, 50, reported that she had driven herself to work that evening. Deputies said she staggered into the room and failed sobriety tests before registering a 0.22 percent blood-alcohol reading — nearly three times the threshold for driving while intoxicated — on a Breathalyzer test.

While checking Smith's property, deputies said they found a Gatorade bottle in her bag. The contents were sent to a laboratory for testing to check for the presence of alcohol.

A 2013 DWI conviction meant that the current driving while intoxicated charge against Smith, of Lewiston, would be upgraded to a felony, deputies said. She was also charged with aggravated and misdemeanor DWI, in addition to introducing prison contraband.

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