Niagara County Public Defender Arraigned on DWI Charge

Modified: October 13, 2020 3:20pm

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10/13/2020

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 34-year-old Vincent Sandonato of Niagara Falls has been arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Amy C. Martoche on one count of Driving While Intoxicated, a Class “A” misdemeanor.

It is alleged that on June 23, 2020, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the defendant was driving on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the City of Niagara Falls when his vehicle was stopped by a New York State Police trooper for failure to maintain the vehicle in the southbound lane. The trooper allegedly observed signs of alcohol intoxication.

The matter was transferred to Buffalo City Court after Niagara Falls City Court judges recused themselves from the case. The Erie County District Attorney’s Office was appointed as a special prosecutor.

Sandonato is scheduled to return on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. for further proceedings. He was released on his own recognizance.

If convicted on the charge, Sandonato faces a maximum of 1 year in jail.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.