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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Niagara County Sheriff's deputies say alcohol played a factor in this 
Coomer Road accident Sunday night. (ENP FILE PHOTO BY STEPHEN M.
NEWFANE — A 42-year-old Maple Avenue man was charged with driving while intoxicated for his role in a crash on Coomer Road Sunday night.

Jason A. Gillis, 2770 Maple Ave., told Niagara County Sheriff's deputies that he had been drinking prior to driving his car off Coomer Road and into an unoccupied van.

When patrol arrived to the accident scene around 10:38 p.m., "the driver of the car had exited his vehicle but was suffering from serious injuries," according to the NCSO report. "There was extensive damage to both vehicles. Further investigation revealed that the car, operated by Jason Gillis, left the roadway on the right (east) side and struck mailboxes at 3751 Coomer Road. The car proceeded into the lawn of 3745 Coomer Road, where it struck a pine tree. The car continued into the driveway at 3737 Coomer Road and struck a van with so much force that it lifted the van off of the ground. There were no witnesses to the accident however many people in the neighborhood heard the accident and responded."

When patrol asked what happened, Gillis stated, "It all went black." He sustained chest and leg injuries, was unable to stand and refused to open his eyes. He was taken to ECMC by ambulance.

At the hospital, Gillis refused to open his eyes for sobriety testing, according to police. He also refused to recite the alphabet by stating, "I ain't doing that."

He was subsequently charged with DWI, driving on the shoulder, moving from lane unsafely, and unsafe speed. He was scheduled to appear at the Town of Newfane Court on Tuesday.

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