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August 14, 2013

DWI suspect tries to get away

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A Lockport man is facing a number of charges after he tried to get away following his DWI arrest.

Craig P. Wagner, 29, 4265 North Ridge Road, Lockport was charged Friday with driving while intoxicated, third-degree escape and failure to keep right on a two lane road.

Wagner was seen traveling northbound on Lake Street in Wilson when he crossed the center line, Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies said. When he was pulled over, Wagner appeared to have glassy eyes. impaired speech and had an odor of alcohol on his breath, deputies said. Wagner admitted to drinking a few beers, the arrest report said.

Wagner reportedly failed a number of field sobriety tests and registered a .17 percent blood alcohol content reading on a chemical test.

While being tested at the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Wagner became “increasingly agitated and combative” with deputies, the report said. Wagner was handcuffed to the patrol room bench when he started complaining about the handcuffs being too tight. He started punching the bench with his fists, causing his left pinky knuckle to bleed.

At about 9 p.m. Friday, deputies were fixing a technical problem with the chemical test when they noticed Wagner was gone. He was found walking in the parking lot and was cuffed again, this time while yelling several profanities at deputies. One deputy held on to Wagner’s right arm, then spun him to the ground when Wagner tried to get away again.

Wagner was remanded to Niagara County Jail on a combined $1,000 bail and is due to appear today in Wilson Town Court and Aug. 22 in Lockport Town Court.