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October 6, 2012

Driver charged with DWI after crash

Tonawanda News — A car crash Wednesday on Niagara Falls Boulevard sent one vehicle spinning wildly and crashing into a sign at First Trinity Lutheran Church, according to police. 

The report states Alessandra R. Volpe, allegedly impaired by drugs and alcohol, ran a red light at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Glenalby Road while driving southbound in her Mitsubishi Eclipse. 

A second driver, entering the boulevard from Glenalby in a Mazda, crashed into Volpe’s passenger side. 

Volpe’s vehicle then spun several times before hitting a sign at the church, located at 1570 Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Volpe told officers she had taken two shots of vodka, smoked synthetic marijuana and took Zanex before the accident.

Officers then found Focalin, Zanex, Suboxone and Clonazepam pill bottles in her vehicle.

Volpe was charged with DWI, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, passing a red light and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. 

She was sent to Kenmore Mercy Hospital for treatment of her injuries, and after a back brace was removed, officers administered a blood and urine test. 

The test was sent to Erie County Medical Center.

Volpe is being held in lieu of $250 bail. 

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