Area Police

Man asleep behind wheel leads to charges

BRANT – New York State Police have charged an Angola man with felony driving while intoxicated after he was allegedly found asleep behind the wheel on Tuesday.

Daniel Chowaniec, 46, was found in his vehicle allegedly slumped over the steering wheel asleep by police in the Evangola State Park. When Chowaniec was woken up, he had an alleged strong odor of alcohol on his breath. According to police, Chowaniec had turned down a road in the park and was forced to stop at a fence. While attempting to back down the road to leave, he allegedly ran off the road and hit another fence.

Chowaniec was processed at the Collins barracks where he allegedly refused a breath test. A computer check found he had a prior DWI conviction within the past 10 years making this arrest a felony. He was arraigned in Collins Town Court and sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

Reservation crash leads to charges

IRVING – A property damage accident has led to driving while intoxicated charges on Friday. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of an accident with a parked car at 12:30 a.m.

Cyle J. Sundown, 20, of Basom was allegedly traveling on Longhouse Road on the Seneca Nation of Indians Reservation when he struck a parked vehicle. Sundown was not injured in the crash but was found to be allegedly intoxicated. He was charged with DWI and other traffic violations. A chemical breath test revealed Sundown’s blood alcohol content was .16 percent, twice the legal limit.

Sundown’s vehicle was towed from the scene and he was released to family members. He will appear in North Collins Town Court at a later date.