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April 16, 2013

Tonawanda teen charged under Leandra's Law

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A Tonawanda teenager is being charged with violating Leandra’s Law after after he was stopped by police early Sunday morning and allegedly found to be intoxicated with a 14-year-old passenger in the vehicle. 

Police said the 2002 Chevrolet Impala was stolen from the Town of Tonawanda earlier in the morning by David F. Geary, 16, 220 Gibson St. A, when he was pulled over by a Lockport Police Department Officer Aric Morgan at 5:02 a.m. on South Transit Road.

The Niagara County Sheriff’s office also responded to the reckless driver complaint filed a short while earlier. That complainant said they believed the driver may have been intoxicated. Police were given a description of the vehicle. 

Morgan reported that upon locating the vehicle based off that description, and activating his emergency lights, Geary did not immediately pull over and instead passed through several red signal lights and changed lanes unsafely before coming to a stop in a parking lot at 5822 South Transit Road. 

Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Olejar soon arrived on scene and proceeded to administer field sobriety tests on Geary after he said the teenager was displaying signs of intoxication. According to Olejar, Geary failed all tests and was arrested on three counts of DWI including Aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law, due to the fact that he had a passenger under 16 years of age in the vehicle.

Further investigation by Deputy Olejar revealed that the Impala had been reported stolen to Town of Tonawanda police earlier in the morning. Geary, along with the three DWI counts and several traffic violations, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Police did not release his blood alcohol content or whether he refused a breathalyzer test. 

Geary was held in Niagara County Jail in lieu of $750 bail. He will return to court at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

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