State police made three drunken driving arrests on New Year’s Day, during what was otherwise a mostly quiet day for local police agencies.
Buffalo resident Anthony L. Watson, 34, was stopped by Trooper James Krawczyk at 11 a.m. for driving 94 mph on the Kensington Expressway in the city, where the speed limit is 55 mph, state police said. A field sobriety test found him intoxicated and his license had 24 active suspensions on it, so he was taken to the Boston barracks, where he refused a breath test.
Watson was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, because of a prior DWI conviction in 2007, and with aggravated unlicensed operation. He also faced two active bench warrants for vehicle and traffic charges and one involving a charge in Buffalo of criminal possession of stolen property, troopers said.
Ninety minutes earlier, Mitchell W. Gefaller, 18, of Orchard Park, was charged with DWI after Trooper Eric Sauers saw his car strike a guide rail on the west side of Route 219 in Ashford. He registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.09 percent, troopers said.
Trooper Michael Ballow reported stopping Mark A. Haen, 43, of Williamsville, at 5:45 p.m. for speeding on Shimerville Road in Clarence. A subsequent breath test at the Clarence barracks recorded a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 percent. Haen will appear on a DWI charge Jan. 22 in Clarence Town Court.