Niagara County sheriff’s deputies reported three drunken driving arrests Sunday night following the annual Polar Bear Swim.
Filicia A.M. Rutherford, 36, of Hartland Road, Gasport was stopped by deputies at 8 p.m. in the 2300 block of Lockport-Olcott Road in Newfane and charged with DWI and failure to keep right. Rutherford told deputies she had three beers and a lot of Jell-o shots throughout the day and just had a beer before she left a hotel bar.
Charles R. Weaver Jr., 44, of Old Beattie Road, Lockport, was stopped at 7:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of Main Street, Lockport, and charged with DWI and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. Weaver allegedly did not pull over for a patrol car with lights activated, and was within two feet of hitting the patrol car. When he was stopped he told deputies he had a few beers at the Polar Bear Swim. Deputies said he had a blood alcohol level of 0.14 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.
Just before 2 a.m. Monday deputies picked up a reveler in the 7600 block of Rochester Road in Gasport.
Shaun C. Baker, 30, of Ranshaw Road, Lyndonville, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle, failure to keep right, a lighting violation and driving without a license. Baker and his passenger said they were coming from the Polar Bear Swim.
Baker was stopped after he had no license plate lamp and was crossing the center line, deputies said. He was also found to have an open can of beer in his cup holder, deputies said.