CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (WKBW ) Eyewitness News cameras
captured images of a screeching vehicle illegally leaving the scene of a D.W.I. checkpoint in Cheektowaga early Thursday morning at Route 33 and Genesee Streets.
The driver of the vehicle tried to dodge police and drive
through the checkpoint without stopping.
As of this posting, there is no word on whether that
person has been caught.
This happened at one of the many checkpoints set up throughout WNY to curb drunk driving on one of the biggest party nights of the year.
Lt. Kevin Banas of the New York State Police told Eyewitness News, "as you can see there is a stationary checkpoint, but there are other roving patrols for State Police and Cheektowaga. Last year 368 people lost their lives due to drunk driving crashes. More than
3,000 were seriously injured. So, we are trying to prevent those types of tragedies in New York State and in places like Cheektowaga."
Several people were arrested for drunk driving at the checkpoint Eyewitness News was at.
The Erie County Sheriff's have released more information about DWI crackdowns in the area:
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the arrest of eight local residents for Driving While Intoxicated during separate incidents by Sheriff’s Road Patrols.
While working out of the Elma substation Deputy Gene Nati arrested Joseph Wyzykiewicz (38) of Marilla for Driving While Intoxicated. Due to a previous DWI conviction this newest incident is a felony charge for Mr. Wyzykiewicz. In addition to the felony DWI charges the defendant was also charged with Consumption of Alcohol in a Vehicle and an equipment violation. A breath test revealed that his BAC was .15%. He was released on appearance tickets for Wales Town Court.
While patrolling in the Town of Boston near the Boston Town Hall Deputy Jason Bouton observed a vehicle speeding on Boston State Road. This led to the arrest of Ryan W. Warnke (29) of Buffalo. A breath test revealed that his BAC was .12%. He was released on appearance tickets Town of Boston Court.
While driving through the Town of Cheektowaga on Route 33, Deputy Simon Biegasiewicz observed a vehicle driving erratically. The driver, Jonathan M. Palma (30) of Cheektowaga was ticketed for failing to keep right and driving on the shoulder. After failing several field sobriety tests he was taken into custody for DWI and transferred to the Sheriff’s Clarence substation for testing. A breath test revealed that his BAC was .12%. In addition he was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree for prescription narcotics in his possession. He was released to the custody of a family member and will appear in Cheektowaga Town Court at a future date.
While working at a DWI checkpoint as part of a New York State STOP DWI detail in the Village of Depew Deputy George Avery arrested Daniel C. Kamysz (30) of Cowelsville for Driving While Intoxicated. A breath test revealed that his blood alcohol content was .08%. Still at the checkpoint, Deputy Avery later arrested James Marotto (36) of Depew for DWI. His BAC was .14%
As part of the same checkpoint, Deputy Dan Harris arrested Jacob Formoso (25) of Buffalo for Driving While Intoxicated. A breath test revealed that his BAC was .09%. After being issued his appearance ticket he was turned over to the custody of his parents.
While assigned as part of the Sheriff’s roving STOP DWI detail Deputy Chris Soluri arrested Andrew Gerace (38) of Buffalo for DWI. A breath test revealed that his BAC was .15%. In addition to his DWI charges Mr. Gerace was also cited for moving from his lane unsafely. He was released on appearance tickets for Buffalo City Court.
Also part of the STOP DWI detail, Deputies Jeff Ely and Eric Kaderli arrested Robert L. Hambright (31) of Buffalo. After being observed driving in an erratic manner he was pulled over and administered Standard Field Sobriety Tests. After failing the tests he was taken into custody. Since Mr. Hambright refused to submit to a breath test the deputies initiated the Department of Motor Vehicles documentation to schedule a hearing to immediately revoke his driver’s license.