A driver described by police as highly intoxicated drove his car up and over a 10-foot embankment before landing his vehicle on the LaSalle Expressway in Niagara Falls early Saturday.
Tyler J. Rowland, 21, of Niagara Falls, who escaped injury, was arrested on several charges, including driving while intoxicated, following the 3:20 a.m. crash near 79th Street, state police said.
Rowland’s small car was speeding south on 79th Street, toward Frontier Avenue, which runs parallel to the LaSalle Expressway, according to Troopers William Persinger and Ryan Burns. The car zoomed past a stop sign at Frontier and rumbled toward an embankment leading to the expressway, police added.
The Chevrolet Aveo struck curbing, crashed through a fence, and then rolled up the embankment and was launched up and over a guardrail onto the westbound lane of the expressway, troopers said.
Rowland refused medical treatment and was transported to the Town of Niagara State Police barracks, where his blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.23 percent – nearly three times the state’s legal limit, troopers said.
In addition to aggravated DWI, Rowland was charged with driving at an unsafe speed, failing to observe a stop sign and failure to wear a seat belt. He is scheduled to appear March 12 in Niagara Falls City Court.
The crash caused a temporary shutdown of the LaSalle Expressway.