Deputy mayor of Williamsville arrested, charged with DWI

Posted at 9:17 AM, Sep 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 18:22:07-04

The deputy mayor of the village of Williamsville was arrested and charged with DWI and refusal to take a breath test. 

Amherst Police tell 7 Eyewitness news Chris DuQuin was arrested early Saturday morning.  Police say DuQuin hit a car parked on North Ellicott Street in the Village of Williamsville and left the scene.

DuQuin has also been charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident and moving from a lane unsafely.

Police responded to a complaint of a hit and run accident around 2:00 a.m. Saturday.  Police say they followed a trail of fluid from the accident to DuQuin's garage.

When reached at home, Mayor Brian Kulpa told 7 Eyewitness News he has not spoken with DuQuin. 

"I don't get involved in Amherst police matters," Kulpa said.  "We will let everything take its course."

DuQuin could not be reached for comment Sunday morning.

The Village of Williamsville released a statement saying it is aware of the charges.

"We are fully cooperating with the police in their investigation and are awaiting more answers as the legal process unfolds.  While we will not rush to judgment or take any official action until we know more, we consider this situation to be very serious."

DuQuin is also the owner of Stevens Driving School, which he notes on Twitter, is "Buffalo's oldest driving school."

"As a driving school, we obviously do not condone this behavior," said Harry Wahl, majority owner of Stevens Driving School.

The Village and the school both say they are waiting for more information before taking any official action.

DuQuin is set to appear in the Village of Williamsville Court on October 21.