The driver has been suspended without pay


BUFFALO, N.Y. - Buffalo police say a city plow driver was arrested Sunday morning for operating a plow while under the influence of alcohol, and crashing into a building and a cab driver.

According to police, James Evans, 47, of Buffalo, was charged with DWI, leaving the scene of an injury accident, criminal mischief and other charges.

Officials say that Evans hit a building near the intersection of Bailey Avenue and Arden Avenue at about 5 a.m. Sunday. A short time later, he struck a cab driver near Eggert Road and Kay Street.

Police say the cab driver was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, including a broken left hand.

"He was suspended immediately by myself that morning, I met police over at police headquarters, we suspended him immediately to the fullest extent of the union contract," said Commissioner Steve Stepniak of the city public works department.

The incidents were reported according to Stepniak, by someone who saw video surveillance of Evans hit the building. Stepniak adds that the department was able to find Evans after the accidents by using its GPS system.

It's unclear how much in damage was done to the building and the vehicle or what the repair costs will be.

Evans was arraigned in Buffalo City Court Monday morning. His license has been suspended, and bail was set at $20,000. Evans has a criminal history, with charges that include assault and harassment.

He has been suspended without pay from his job, pending a departmental review.

Stepniak tells 2 On Your Side that in the next few weeks the city will make a decision on whether to fire Evans.