City Plow Driver Charged with DWI in Two Crashes

December 16, 2013 Updated Dec 16, 2013 at 7:12 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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December 16, 2013 Updated Dec 16, 2013 at 7:12 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) forty-seven year old James Evans now faces a slew of charges including DWI after police say he slammed the front of his city snow plow into a business on Bailey and Arden Avenue early Sunday morning in Buffalo and fled the scene. But that wasn't all.

"Immediately after that he had an incident on Eggert where he struck a taxi cab," Steve Stepniak, Commissioner of Buffalo Public Works, said Monday.

Police tracked down Evans using the GPS in the plow that the city uses to monitor where all their equipment is located.

Evans has been suspended without pay.

"The union contract allows us to act accordingly and we have. We took the strongest actions we could at this time. The investigation continues. We will have this resolved before there is any thought of anyone returning to work," Stepniak added.

The Commissioner says Evans can still be fired, all pending the outcome of the police investigation. So Eyewitness News asked Stepniak if he still had confidence in the crew of city plow drivers after an incident like this.

"I have absolute confidence. This is an isolated incident. The men and women of the streets department are the finest and most professional that I've dealt with and I have absolute confidence," he answered.

Evans was arraigned inside City Court Monday morning and is being held on $20,000 bail, in part due to his criminal history which includes domestic violence. He will be back in court on Friday.