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Crash into pond ends in DWI

COLLINS—Sonya Gelster, 37, of Boston, was charged with several infractions after a crash at Sisson Highway and Shirley Road in the Town of North Collins on Aug. 4 at 4:41 a.m.


Erie County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the crash scene after dispatchers received calls about a vehicle in a pond. When the deputies arrived, they saw a minivan partially submerged with its lights still on. They witnessed a female in the driver’s seat, smoking a cigarette while being rescued by North Collins Fire Company personnel. When she was brought to shore, deputies spoke with her and detected a strong odor of alcohol.

Gelster failed multiple field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test. Subsequently, she was arrested for six different charges including a felony DWI, previous conviction within 10 years. The defendant was held at the Erie County Holding Center pending her arraignment in North Collins Town Court.


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