Man Allegedly Steals Payloader While Intoxicated

April 13, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 1:59 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Man Allegedly Steals Payloader While Intoxicated

April 13, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 1:59 AM EDT

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW Release) - A Buffalo man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a payloader while intoxicated.

When officers responded to a call of a construction payloader stuck in the mud on Casimer Street in West Seneca, they found a large John Deere payloader stuck in the mud on the berm overlooking Buffalo Creek.

After talking to all the witnesses it was determined that 45-year-old Daniel Chowaniec had stolen the payloader and drove it to Casimer Street in West Seneca.

The payloader, valued at $150,000, is owned by the NYS Thruway Authority. Chowaniec stole it from the salt barn located on the I-190 at the Ogden Street exit ramp.

Police say Chowaniec drove the payloader from the salt barn and ended up on Casimer Street in West Seneca where he attempted to traverse the flood control berm between Casimer Street and the Buffalo Creek. Chowaniec extensively damaged town property with the payloader before he became stuck in the mud.

Chowaniec was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated after he failed field sobriety tests. He was also charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor vehicle, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle.

Chowaniec refused to take a chemical test to determine the amount of alcohol in his system.

He was arraigned in West Seneca Court and sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 property for the West Seneca charges, and another $5000 cash or $10,000 property for the charge on the Thruway property.

NYS Thruway Authority responded and removed the payloader. Chowaniec was also charged with Grand Larceny for stealing the payloader.