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December 29, 2012

Town sees flurry of DWI accidents


Tonawanda News — On Dec. 22, Demetrios Papvramidis was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, having a controlled substance in a non-original container and speeding.

He drove his car into a ditch near the intersection of I-290 and I-190 and told officers he had taken a few shots of vodka.

Officers transported him away from the snowy scene for safety reasons and administered a breath test. His blood alcohol level was recorded at 0.04 percent, though officers said they believed he may have taken drugs. 

“He blew a really low count, so officers obtained a blood draw and believe he was on prescription medications,” Bado said.

He was issued appearance and traffic tickets.

Then, on Dec. 23, Joshua A. Velez hit a utility pole on River Road, shredding it to pieces.

Velez, 22, of Hinds Street, City of Tonawanda, was then arrested for DWI and failure to keep right. His blood alcohol level was 0.15 percent and he was issued three traffic tickets. 

Despite the rash of minor incidents, Bado said the holiday season doesn’t always result in more DWI arrests.

“It’s hit or miss,” he said. “What you might consider a night where we would see a lot of them, we may not. And on some random Wednesday night, we may see more. Sometimes, there’s no rhyme or reason.”

Bado did say there may be a higher probability of DWI arrests on nights when people are out at holiday parties, but police saw fewer DWI arrests in 2012 than 2011.

“If anything is going up, it’s drug related incidents,” he said.

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