A Cheektowaga man accused of driving drunk and hitting two vehicles while on his way to a store to buy beer pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of felony DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.
John Fritz, 57, of William Street, was arraigned before Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case who set bail at $25,000 and ordered him not to drive and not to drink.
Fritz struck the first vehicle about 10:30 a.m. May 19 as he drove through the intersection of William and Harlem roads in Cheektowaga, then clipped the rear of another vehicle as he continued on to Consumer Beverages at Harlem and Dingens Street, where he bought some beer, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
The driver of the first vehicle followed him and blocked his vehicle until police arrived, Sedita said.
Fritz had a blood alcohol level of 013 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.
Fritz, who was convicted of felony DWI in 2006, faces up to four years in prison if convicted of the latest charges.