Gowanda man with .28 BAC drives from police, crashes car, making it go airborne

GOWANDA — A 31-year-old Gowanda man, who had a .28 blood alcohol content, attempted to flee from police in his vehicle. He went 80 miles per hour in a 35-to-45 mph zones and went off road, into a ditch, where his vehicle went airborne, Gowanda Police report.

James P. Maloney, of Caroline Street, was driving north on Buffalo Street, allegedly going in excess of 45 mph in a 35 mph zone. Gowanda Police attempted to stop his vehicle and Maloney reportedly refused to stop.

Maloney was recklessly crossing double yellow solid lines during the pursuit, police say, and turned onto Sand Hill Road near McDonald’s without a signal. Gowanda Police report that on Sand Hill Road, the driver was clocked going approximately 80 mph. Maloney failed to determine the turn and went onto grass and went airborne into a ditch, police say.

Patrol added that there was an open can of beer next to Maloney’s seat. Maloney allegedly refused treatment from Gowanda Ambulance Service and refused several sobriety checks.

A chemical breath test revealed that Maloney’s BAC was .28, which is more than three times the legal limit.

Maloney’s charges include speeding, failure to keep right, moving from lane unsafely, failure to signal a turn, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, reckless operation, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and aggravated driving while intoxication.

Maloney was released to a sober third party and he will appear in Collins Town Court.

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