Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is announcing the arrest of a Grand Island man for felony DWI.
Deputy Christopher Soluri was on patrol on Grand island Blvd in the Town of Grand Island when his car's license plate reader indicated that the license plate of an oncoming vehicle was suspended . Deputy Soluri stopped the vehicle driven by 38 year old William Pearce Jr. and found him to be intoxicated. Pearce was arrested for DWI and given a breath test which revealed his blood alcohol content to be .29%, over three times the legal limit. Pearce's DWI charge was upgraded to a felony due to a previous DWI conviction in 2004. Pearce was additionally charged with Aggravated DWI for having a blood alcohol content above .18% and Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation for driving with a suspended license. Pearce was arraigned in the Town of Grand Island Court and released on his own recognizance pending a future court dat