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Monday, February 9, 2015

ROYALTON — Niagara County Sheriff's deputies responded early Saturday morning to a call of a reckless driver on a country road. It wasn't an unusual call for 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning ― but every call is different.

When NCSO patrol caught up to the older model gray Pontiac, it was on Bunker Hill Road, just having turned west from Gasport Road. Patrol observed the vehicle swerving side to side, crossing over the center line and fog line of Akron Road.

Patrol conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle in the 7800 block of Akron Road. Upon approaching the vehicle, patrol observed an elderly female in the driver seat and an elderly male in the passenger seat. He appeared to be in pain.

The woman told patrol that her husband was having back pains and she was driving him to the VFW hospital in Buffalo. Patrol asked why she was driving erratically and if she was all right. She said that she took her prescription of Ambien prior to going to sleep at approximately 11 p.m. and that her husband woke her at 4 a.m. to drive him to the hospital. She explained that the Ambien was making her drowsy and caused her to fall asleep at the wheel. Patrol detected no indicators of alcohol intoxication.

An ambulance was requested to evaluate the husband and to transport him to the hospital. Patrol requested for a tow truck on call to respond and take the vehicle — and the drowsy wife —  back to their residence in Lyndonville.

No charges were filed.

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