Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies arrested two operators for impaired driving following investigations this weekend.
December 28, 2:51 a.m., Town of Concord – A Deputy stopped a vehicle operated by 25-year-old Joseph Kuwik of Springville along Springville Boston Road for vehicle and traffic law violations. When speaking with the driver, Kuwik stated his license is suspended due to a previous DWI conviction, and he surrendered a bag of marijuana to the Deputy.
The Deputy observed signs of impairment and administered standard field sobriety tests. Kuwik failed the field tests, and a preliminary breath test was positive for the presence of alcohol. The subject was arrested and his vehicle was inventoried. While inventorying the contents of the vehicle, Deputies discovered hypodermic needles, two glass vials of anabolic steroids, two smoking pipes, and a digital scale with marijuana residue.
Kuwik is charged with felony counts of DWI – BAC of .08 or more with prior convictions, DWI – two previous convictions within 10-years, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. The defendant is also charged with misdemeanor counts of circumventing an interlock device, two counts of possession of a hypodermic needle, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was also cited for possessing marijuana and a vehicle and traffic law violation.
Kuwik is at the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment.
December 28, 11:19 p.m., Town of Marilla – Deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash at 11031 Bullis Road. When the Deputies arrived at the scene, they observed a pickup truck on the lawn of the residence with the operator in the cabin. They also observed a vehicle parked in the driveway damaged.
When Deputies approached the pickup and spoke with the sole occupant, they detected the odor of alcohol as well as other signs of impairment. The individual admitted to consuming alcohol, and 40-year-old Mark Eagan of East Aurora was transported to the Elma Substation. At the substation, Eagan failed multiple field sobriety tests and registered a BAC level approximately three times higher than the legal limit.
Eagan is charged with misdemeanor counts of DWI and aggravated DWI – BAC .18 or more. Also, he was issued tickets for speeding and failing to stop and a stop sign. He was released to a sober third party.