Tonawanda News

The City

June 27, 2014

Drunk driver hits Tonawanda home, flees scene

Tonawanda News — A driver was charged with DWI after he hit a house on Delaware Street in the City of Tonawanda early Thursday morning, caving in the home’s basement wall and rupturing the water line.

“The force of him hitting the house toppled the dryer and punctured the water line .... water was just pouring in,” Capt. Fred Foels said. “There was just huge damage to the house.”

William C. Eton, 35, of West Utica Street, Buffalo, allegedly smashed into the home located at 225 Delaware St. while trying to round the curvy section of the road. After hitting the structure, he backed up his SUV and left the scene, police said.

Officers then stopped him at 2 a.m. on Delaware Street and Broad Street. His blood alcohol content was 0.19 percent.

“He told officers ‘I was drinking on Chippewa and thought I was driving on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo,’” Foels said.

Eton, who was uninjured, was charged with aggravated DWI, criminal mischief, reckless driving, imprudent speed, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and driving on the sidewalk. 

Foels noted that high school students were nearby at their post-prom party, and came outside when fire trucks and police cars responded to the area.

“A lot of kids saw the commotion and were able to witness first hand someone being handcuffed for DWI,” Foels said. “They were able to see the consequences of drinking and driving.”

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