A 22-year-old Buffalo man accused of driving the wrong way on a Route 219 entrance ramp was one of at least four people arrested for alleged drunken driving Sunday, a busy day for local police agencies and not all of it related to the Buffalo Bills home game.
Two of the arrests for driving while intoxicated, both involving blood alcohol levels more than twice the legal limit, were made in Orchard Park early Sunday morning, hours before kickoff.
A couple of hours after the game, troopers from four State Police barracks made two DWI arrests and wrote 62 vehicle and traffic tickets during a saturation detail coinciding with the Bills game in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The wrong-way-driving incident occurred at about 4 a.m. Sunday, when Orchard Park police arrested Nicholas V. Palermo, of Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo.
Officer Kristen A. Mazur first noticed Palermo making a right turn from the inside lane of westbound Route 20 without using a turn signal, police said. Moments after his vehicle entered the northbound Route 219 entrance ramp, it was seen traveling down the same ramp in the wrong direction, according to police reports.
The vehicle then went back onto Milestrip Road and turned onto a dirt access path between the two overpass bridges. Police said his vehicle was damaged when it struck two road markers on the entrance ramp.
Palermo registered a blood alcohol level of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08, authorities said. He was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to signal and improper exit from a controlled-access highway, according to police reports.
About two hours earlier, shortly after 2 a.m., Justin M. Sleger, 22, of East and West Road, was stopped on Southwestern Boulevard by Orchard Park Police Officer Brian D. Gehring for speeding and driving with a loud exhaust, police said. Sleger, who registered blood alcohol content of 0.19 percent, was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, speeding and having inadequate exhaust equipment.
Orchard Park police, working with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office before, during and after the game, issued 86 summonses to people for violating the open-container ordinance. Those officers also arrested two 18-year-old males, a Horseheads youth charged with unlawful alcohol possession and a Blasdell youth charged with marijuana possession.
At about 6 p.m. Sunday, Trooper Christopher Sullivan, from the Boston barracks, stopped a vehicle driven by Stephanie M. Werlau, 21, of Fredonia, who was accused of crossing the centerline and texting on Route 20A. Werlau, who recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent, was charged with DWI, using a portable electronic device and failure to keep right, troopers said.
Robert W. Adam, 30, of Buffalo, was stopped at about 7:20 p.m. after Trooper Michael E. Ballow of the Clarence barracks observed his vehicle crossing the centerline on Southwestern Boulevard. Adam, who was charged with DWI and failure to keep right, registered a blood alcohol level of 0.14 percent, according to police reports.