Niagara Gazette

Crime

March 5, 2014

Lockport hit-and-run driver found by sheriff's deputies

Niagara County Sheriff's deputies tracked down and arrested a driver Tuesday night that was involved in a hit-and-run accident at Lincoln and Beattie avenues that involved a pregnant woman.

Following the accident, about 9 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were provided a license plate number that showed the registered owner of the fleeing car lived on S. New York Street. When deputies arrived at the home, they noted there was recently fallen snow on the ground and there were fresh tracks from a white van, which also showed signs of damage consistent with the accident.

Deputies knocked at the door of the home and a woman who answered told them her husband had just returned home. The husband, Michael J. Kuhn, 33, initially told deputies he had not been driving the van but eventually admitted to being involved in the accident. He appeared intoxicated and failed two field sobriety tests before refusing to take any more, stating, "I'll fail them all."

A chemical test determined his blood alcohol content to be 0.19 percent.

Deputies noted that at the sheriff's office, Kuhn asked about the people in the car he had struck and when told one of them was a pregnant woman, replied, "Oh great, now I'm a drunk driver that hit a pregnant lady."

Kuhn of 32 S. New York St., was charged with aggravated DWI (BAC more than 0.18 percent), two counts of DWI, following too closely and leaving the scene of a personnel injury accident.

There was no other information on the people in the car Kuhn struck or their condition.

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