Local Attorney Faces Judge on DWI Charges

June 13, 2011 Updated Jun 13, 2011 at 1:16 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

June 13, 2011 Updated Jun 13, 2011 at 1:16 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW)- Buffalo Attorney Thomas Cannavo pled not guilty in Niagara City Court to many charges including leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, among other traffic violations.

Police said on Sunday around 8:30 p.m., Cannavo got into a one-car accident on the I-190 southbound in Niagara Falls. Witness told authorities he then got out of the vehicle and ran down the westbound embankment, jumping the fence and running into a wooded area.

At first, police had trouble locating Cannavo so they used a heat-sensing camera from the Niagara Falls Fire Department. After a short search, they found Cannavo pretending to sleep on the ground. He claimed that he didn't know why police were searching for him. State Police then placed him under arrest.

Cannavo's license was suspended and his bail is set at $1,000. He will face a judge again on June 17th.