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Four DWI Arrests Overnight in Erie County


Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports four DWI arrests made over night by the Erie County Sheriff's Office throughout the County.

At about 12:30am Saturday morning Erie County Sheriff's Deputy David L. Zamorek stopped a vehicle on Church St. in Buffalo for a red light violation. Further interview and field sobriety tests of the driver, 39 year old Michael J. Wah of Ivanhoe Dr. in Buffalo, found him to be intoxicated.  Wah submitted to a chemical breath test which showed a .20% BAC.  Wah was arrested and charged with Aggravated DWI and later released to a third party on apprearance tickets for Buffalo City Court.

About 15 minutes later at 12:45am Saturday morning, Erie County Sheriff's Deputies Nick Coniglio and Justin Bauer stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on W. Main St. in the Village of Springville.  Further interview and field sobriety tests showed the driver, 42 year old Denise J. Schauer of Fairview Dr. in Gowanda, to be intoxicated.  Schauer submitted to a chemical breath test which showed a .13% BAC.  Schauer was arrested and charged with DWI and traffic violations and later released to a third party on appearance tickets for the Village of Springville Court.

Around 3:00am, Sheriff's Deputy David L. Zamorek stopped another vehicle, this time on the I-190 in the Town of Tonawanda for multiple traffic violations, primarily failure to maintain the traffic lane.  With assistance from the State Police, the driver, 33 year old Katrina M. Billups of Dartmouth St. in Buffalo was found to be intoxicated. Billups refused all further testing and breath testing. Her passenger, 59 year old Vernon Barnes of Wyoming Ave. in Buffalo, was confrontational and beligerent while the interview was taking place and Barnes was eventually arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing Governmental Administration and Resisting arrest.  Both Billups and Barnes were taken to the Erie County Holding Center and held on $500 bail.