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2018-01-11 / Local News

Driver charged with DUI-drugs after crash


Capitano Capitano Thomas Capitano of West Seneca is facing multiple charges, including driving under the influence of drugs, after a crash Dec. 14.

According to the West Seneca Police Department, Capitano was operating a pickup on Seneca Street that struck a parked vehicle and then attempted to flee.

When officers arrived on scene, they determined that Capitano was under the influence of an intoxicant, police said. He allegedly failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody under suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, authorities said.

Police said a certified drug recognition expert was requested to perform an evaluation, which deemed Capitano to be under the influence of a depressant and that he was unable to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Capitano was returned to police headquarters, where he was booked into jail. Police said he was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, a felony due to three previous convictions in the past eight years; aggravated unlicensed operation, a felony due to previous DWI convictions; aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor due to alcohol-related offenses; aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor due to 10 license revocations and suspensions; circumventing an ignition interlock device; and failure to maintain lane.

Capitano was arraigned before Judge Jeffrey Harrington and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center without bail to await his next court appearance.

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