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FELONY DWI (drugs)

Sheriff Tim Howard reports that a Town of Collins woman was arrested lat this afternoon on a variety of charges.  Deputy Tim Ulinger, of the Erie County Sheriff's Village of Springville Sub-Station, was on routine patrol in the village, when a motorist reported that she was behind a vehicle which was driving erratically. The driver was located in the parking  lot of a local day care center where she had gone to pick up her two small children. Field sobriety tests were administered and were failed. When Deputy Ulinger determined that alcohol did not appear to be a factor, he requested that a D.R.E. (Drug Recognition Expert), respond to the scene. Deputy Simon Biegasiewicz, who is the D.R.E. for the Erie County Sheriff's Office, was summoned to the scene to assist. His evaluation of the driver confirmed that she was under the influence of prescription drugs. Based on this, Deputy Ulinger placed the driver, Amy A. Moritz, age 34, of Rt. 39 in Collins, under arrest for D.W.I.(drugs). She was transported to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital where she consented to have blood drawn, for analysis at the Erie County M.E. Office. A D.M.V. computer check revealed that she had a previous conviction for Driving While Intoxicated in 2004, which raised this arrest to a felony level. It also showed her license to be suspended in 2012 in three separate jurisdictions for failing to answer a summons, and one for failing to pay a fine. This prompted a charge of A.U.O. 3rd.(Aggravated Unlicensed Operation), a misdemeanor.  Further investigation revealed that Moritz had struck and damaged a mailbox on Mill St. for which  she was charged with  leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and failing to maintain her lane. Due to the felony charge, Moritz was lodged at the Erie County Holding Center, to be held pending her arraignment in the Village of  Springville Court. She also had an outstanding warrant pending out of the Town of Hamburg for traffic charges. Her vehicle was towed from the scene and a 12 hour hold placed on it.


This was the 99th arrest of the year made by the Erie County Sheriff's Office for D.W.I.