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PENDLETON – Niagara County sheriff deputies said they found a Lockport man parked at 7:22 p.m. Wednesday in the 5800 block of Donner Road with a green balloon in his hands and held up to his mouth. The driver told deputies the balloon contained nitrous oxide cartridges which the driver called “whip its.”

The driver, Matthew C. Pierce, 26, of Willow Street, was charged with driving while intoxicated and being parked or stopped on a highway.

Deputies said they asked about the balloon after Pierce told them he had stopped to do some whip its, filling the large balloon and inhaling nitrous oxide cartridges. Deputies said they confiscated 21 cartridges.

Pierce also admitted to having 2 or 3 drinks at a Lockport bar and was found with a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.