Two motorists were charged with felony counts of driving while intoxicated in separate arrests Tuesday night in the Town of Sardinia and City of Buffalo, Erie County sheriff’s deputies reported.
Deputy Ben Pisa was on patrol at about 10:50 p.m. on Route 16 in Sardina when he pulled over a motorist for speeding. Jeffrey J. Bieler, 45, of Concord, refused to submit to a breath test to determine his blood-alcohol content, deputies said.
Bieler’s felony charge was because of a prior drunken driving conviction, deputies said. He also was charged with unspecified traffic violations, then released on appearance tickets.
Earlier, Deputy Simon Biegasiewicz stopped a vehicle that had been driving on the shoulder of East Delavan Avenue in Buffalo at about 9:20 p.m.
Robert Johnson, 57, of Buffalo, was charged with a felony count of DWI under Leandra’s Law, for having a child under age 16 in the vehicle.
Deputies said a breath test revealed that Johnson had a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 percent. He also was released on appearance tickets.