NIAGARA FALLS – A traffic stop led to further charges after a man got out of his car and tried to run off just before 3 a.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of 69th Street.
Donald E. Bracikowski, 56, of Troy Avenue was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to signal, improper right turn, disobeying a stop sign and aggravated unlicensed operation.
Bracikowski fled and was found in a yard behind 614 70th Street, then continued to run until he was cornered in a fenced in yard and ordered to stop. He told officers, “My buddy told me to run. So what, I’m drunk. There is nothing illegal about that.”
Traffic Officer James VanEgmond identified Bracikowski as the driver who fled and Bracikowski later admitted he had been driving and had about eight beers at a local bar.
He was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.