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August 12, 2013

DWI suspect makes a run from sheriff's office

Niagara Gazette — A Lockport man charged with DWI in Wilson is facing an escape charge after walking out of the sheriff's office during his booking.

Craig P. Wagner, 29, 4265 North Ridge Road, Lockport was stopped by deputies about 8 p.m. after he was spotted crossing the center line while driving on Lake Street. He failed field sobriety tests and was charged with DWI and failure to keep right.

He was brought to the sheriff's office for booking where deputies said he became "increasingly agitated and combative." Wagner was handcuffed to a patrol room bench at one point and started complaining about the handcuffs being too tight. He started punching the bench with his fists, causing his left pinky knuckle to bleed.

He was told to calm down and a deputy moved the cuffs to the other hand, cuffing his right wrist to the bench.

Deputies were dealing with a technical problem with the chemical test device when they noticed Wagner was gone. He was found walking in the parking lot and was cuffed again, this time while yelling several profanities at deputies. The report did not state how he got out of the handcuffs while sitting at the bench.

He was eventually brought to the Lockport Police Department where his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.17 percent with their Datamaster machine.

When the test was finished, Wagner was placed back in a patrol car at which point he started to slam his head against the back seat.

He was additionally charged with third-degree escape.

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