A motorist stopped for speeding Tuesday night in the City of Buffalo was driven by a woman who had an open bottle of vodka in the console and registered a blood-alcohol content of .27, State Police reported today.
The sport utility vehicle driven by Elizabeth Peters, 47, of Buffalo, was pulled over on Bailey Avenue at about 6:40 p.m. by troopers working with the Buffalo Strike Force. Peters wasn’t wearing a seat belt, troopers said, and the open bottle of vodka was seen in the center console.
Peters failed field sobriety tests and was arrested, then subsequently submitted a breath sample for the BAC test, according to police.
She was charged with felony counts of driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI; the former is related to a previous DWI conviction in the past 10 years, while the latter stems from having a BAC of more than .18. She also was charged with a felony count of aggravated unlicensed operation because she was driving on a license that had been suspended because of an alcohol-related offense, troopers said.
Peters, who also was charged with numerous vehicle and traffic violations, was issued tickets to appear in Buffalo City Court on a later date.