LOCKPORT – A man who allegedly injured three Niagara Falls police officers after a drunken driving arrest and another man who was allegedly intoxicated before injuring two people in a collision were arraigned Thursday in Niagara County Court.
Allyn D. Smith, 31, of Bollier Avenue in the Falls, pleaded not guilty in the case involving the police officers, while Cody Miller, 25, of Divide Road, Town of Niagara, denied 16 charges in connection with the crash.
Smith is charged with three counts of second-degree assault and single counts of aggravated and misdemeanor DWI, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, a lane violation, imprudent speed and endangering the welfare of a child.
Smith refused the breath test after his arrest, Brenner said.
Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner said three officers, one of whom missed 10 weeks of work, were hurt trying to subdue Smith Nov. 2 on Niagara Falls Boulevard. He said a Taser video exists of part of the incident.
In the collision case, Miller pleaded not guilty to three counts each of aggravated and first-degree vehicular assault, one count of second-degree assault, three counts of felony driving while intoxicated and single counts of running a red light, imprudent speed, reckless driving, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and not wearing a seat belt.
A blood test measured Miller’s blood alcohol content at 0.32 percent, four times the legal threshold for intoxication, after the Nov. 3 crash at Porter and Tuscarora roads in the Town of Niagara.
Gary N. Bugyi, 49, of Wheatfield, and his 12-year-old daughter were injured in the other vehicle, a pickup truck, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said at the time.
In other drunken driving cases Thursday:
• Thomas B. Staley Sr., 52, of Colt Avenue, Lewiston, pleaded not guilty to felony driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and a lane violation. The charges stem from an Oct. 25 arrest in Lewiston by state police.
• Michael V. Jopson, 43, of Chili, pleaded not guilty to aggravated and felony DWI and two counts of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, stemming from a Nov. 16 arrest in Niagara Falls.