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Grand Island Man Arrested on Felony DWI, Obstruction Charges


Sheriff Timothy B Howard reports the arrest of a Grand Island man late Tuesday evening on felony DWI and obstruction charges.

Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Cipollitti was on patrol on Whitehaven Rd. in the Town of Grand Island around 10:30 pm Tuesday evening when a vehicle with a loud muffler passed him going westbound at a high rate of speed.  Deputy Cipollitti attempted to follow the vehicle as it pulled away on Whitehaven Rd. at 70 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Deputy Cipollitti observed the vehicle pull into a driveway on Whitehaven Rd. and as he pulled behind the vehicle, the driver, 32 year old Michael A. Siminski  of Grand Island, got out of the vehicle and belligerently walked off into the residence, despite orders to return.

With Deputy Lee Richard on scene to assist, Deputy Cipollitti was able to get Siminski to open his front door at which time he was promptly arrested for Obstructing Governmental Administration.  Further interview showed Siminski to be highly intoxicated.   Siminski continued to be verbally abusive and belligerent towards patrol and he was subsequently charged with DWI and multiple traffic infractions including having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. Siminski refused field sobriety tests, roadside alco-sensor, and a chemical breath test.

It was further discovered that Siminski had a prior DWI conviction making this arrest a Felony charge. Siminski's vehicle was towed from the scene and he was taken to the Erie County Holding Center and held for arraignment in the Town of Grand Island Court.

This was the 111th DWI arrest by the Erie County Sheriff's Road Patrol this year.