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December 29, 2012

Town sees flurry of DWI accidents

Tonawanda News — In just three days, four individuals were charged for driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol after causing accidents in the Town of Tonawanda.

Although the majority of the incidents were minor and did not involve any injuries, a five-car pileup at Sheridan Drive and Somerville Avenue Dec. 21 sent both the driver and his passenger to the hospital.

Police said William M. Collins was driving his red sedan eastbound on Sheridan Drive when he failed to stop and rear ended the car ahead of him, causing a chain reaction. 

The accident took place at around 5 p.m.

Collins told officers he was coming from Devlin’s Deuce on Sheridan and was headed home.

Collins was charged with felony DWI, operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, refusal to take a breath test, following too close, speeding, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. 

The report states that Collins has multiple DWI convictions.

Collins refused a breath test, but a court order was obtained to take his blood. He was admitted to Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

“He was likely released at some point after being processed, and will come back for court within a few weeks,” Lt. Nick Bado said.

Collins’ passenger, Sean P. Collins, was taken to DeGraff Memorial Hospital and received 13 stitches. 

The other drivers involved in the crash were not injured.

The same day, James L. Burandt struck a tree after spinning his vehicle and losing control of it. He told officers he had a few Labatt beers. He suffered a small cut to his head and was taken to Kenmore Mercy Hospital for evaluation.

Burandt was charged with DWI, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, failure to notify change of address, speeding and prudent and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

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