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Police: DWI suspect was 'worst ever seen' on field sobriety tests

WILSON — A Niagara County sheriff's deputy said that a Lockport man charged Aug. 3 with driving while intoxicated "performed worse on field sobriety tests than anyone I have ever witnessed."

The deputy said he stopped a car being operated by Douglas H. Kneepel, 33, after observing it swerving all over Cambria-Wilson Road around 3:30 a.m. He noted an empty 18-pack of beer in the vehicle's rear seat area, and said that upon being asked for his driver's license, Kneepel handed over his fishing license and passport.

Among his missteps during field sobriety tests, Kneepel allegedly fell into his Jeep during the walk-and-turn portion of the tests, the deputy said, then "struggled" to put his flip-flops back on. The North Ridge Road resident refused to take a blood alcohol level test, according to reports, and was charged with DWI.

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