A Rhode Island man charged with driving while intoxicated late Friday night in Lancaster, was later turned over to Cheektowaga police where he faces possible charges for a hit-and-run accident that occurred earlier in the night in that town, authorities reported Saturday.
Deputies Daniel Harris and Richard Retzlaff stopped a vehicle driven by Hans Benonisen, 37, on Transit Road in the Town of Lancaster shortly before 10:30 p.m. The deputies had spotted several infractions, including non-functioning tail lights, failure to use the turn signal properly and the vehicle not staying within its lane, according to police reports.
Benonisen, who refused to submit to a chemical breath test, was charged with DWI.
After the deputies spotted damage to his vehicle, they learned from Cheektowaga police that the same vehicle had been involved in a prior hit-and-run incident there, officials said.