CONCORD—Erica Dainotto, 33, of Concord, was arrested following a hit and run accident in the Springville Walmart parking lot on July 3 at approximately 6:45 p.m.
An Erie County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to respond to the incident. The vehicle left the scene and was located in a parking lot on Woodward Avenue in Springville.
As the deputy conducted his investigation, he detected the odor of alcohol coming from Dainotto, the driver, and administered standard field sobriety tests and a field breath test. She failed the sobriety tests and registered a blood alcohol level higher than the legal limit.
While inventorying the vehicle, the deputy discovered several loose consumable grocery items, kitty litter and fireworks for which the defendant could not produce a receipt. Working with the store’s loss prevention employees, the deputy obtained surveillance footage of the defendant leaving the store without paying for the items.
Dainotto was charged with misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with .08 percent BAC or higher, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. She was also charged with six separate vehicle and traffic law violations including leaving the scene of an accident and operating an unregistered vehicle.
Dainotto was transported to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.