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March 16, 2013

Drunk driver crashes into two cars

Tonawanda News — A drunken driver barreled into two stationary cars on Niagara Falls Boulevard Thursday evening and then fled from the scene before police caught him in a backyard, authorities said. 

A two-car, minor accident had previously taken place near Dexter Terrace, and the cars were stopped in the center turn lane, Lt. Nick Bado said. 

“The cars were facing in the same direction, behind each other,” Bado said. “The driver of the rear walked up to the other vehicle ... to hash it out, exchange information.”

One driver was outside of the vehicle, and the other was sitting in the driver’s seat with the door open when Matthew T. Miller, 31, drove up from behind, clipped the rear vehicle and then crashed into the second car.

“The car spins, the woman in the car is flung out (of the door), and the car pins her down on the roadway,” Bado said. “Miraculously, the person standing outside of the car only had a broken arm.”

The other victim, whose name is not being released, suffered a head injury, internal bleeding and broken bones. She was sent to Erie County Medical Center, where she is listed in stable condition.

After the crash, which occurred at about 11 p.m., Miller drove away, but crashed into a fixed object shortly thereafter, Bado said. Miller then took off on foot in the Town of Tonawanda, and Amherst police eventually apprehended him in a backyard.

Town police have taken custody of Miller, as the second accident took place on the Tonawanda side of the boulevard. Bado said Miller has been charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident and DWI, and is being held at the police station for his arraignment, scheduled for today. 

Miller, of North Tonawanda, refused a breath test, but a court order was obtained to draw his blood. 

Further charges, such as vehicular assault, could be levied as the investigation continues.

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