Modified: June 13, 2018 8:59am
15-year-old Female Passenger Safe and Turned Over to a Parent
Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies Rogers and Hyde arrested 19-year-old Macayl Kunkle of Amherst following a traffic stop where he was operating his vehicle at more than 100 mph on Interstate 90 in the Town of Hamburg.
The incident started around 9:15 P.M. Tuesday night when the vehicle passed a marked Erie County Sheriff’s vehicle on the Thruway. Deputy Rogers stopped the vehicle, assisted by Deputy Hyde.
The operator was administered standard field sobriety tests and a field pre-screen breath test. Kunkle failed the field tests and registered a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level more than twice the legal limit.
Kunkle and his fifteen-year-old passenger were transported to the North Collins Substation where she was picked up by a parent.
Kunkle is charged with felony aggravated DWI (Leandra's Law) as well as misdemeanor counts of DWI, reckless driving, and reckless endangerment. He was also charged with drinking alcohol in a vehicle on a highway, speeding, operating a vehicle without insurance and several other vehicle and traffic law violations.
Deputies transported Kunkle to the Erie County Holding Center on $750.00 bail, and he was later released.