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2017-11-09 / Local News

Driver charged with DWI wedges vehicle between house and tree

A Cheektowaga woman played out the old “stuck between a rock and a hard place” adage on Friday, after a sheriff’s deputy found her vehicle caught between a house and a tree in Holland.

According to Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, a deputy responded to a crash around 7 p.m. on South Protection Road.

Dispatchers reported that a car crashed into a house and the operator was attempting to leave the scene. When the deputy arrived, he observed a small SUV, with significant front-end damage, wedged between a tree and the dwelling.

Katherine Dudzic, 27, of Cheektowaga exited the vehicle and showed signs of intoxication, the Sheriff’s Office said, and the deputy administered a standard field sobriety test, which the sheriff’s report said she failed. Dudzic’s blood-alcohol level was recorded at nearly twice the legal limit, according to the report. She was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, criminal mischief and four separate vehicle and traffic law violations.

The Sheriff’s Office said Dudzic’s vehicle had a flat tire and was operating on the rim. Scrape marks on the pavement indicated she traveled along Olean Road, Vermont Street, Vermont Hill Road then to South Protection Road. Deputies followed the marks in the pavement and discovered another crash along the path, the report said.

The sheriff’s crash unit is still investigating the incidents, and Dudzic may face additional charges. She was later released to a sober third party with appearance tickets.

The house sustained foundation damage.

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