Car drives onto ice, sinks into water

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A towing company removed a vehicle from the water Thursday morning, at the foot of Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda, and the driver is now facing charges.

John’s Towing manager Mike Kotak said a vehicle ended up in the Niagara River after driving through a parking lot, hitting a dock and then traveling onto the ice-covered water. When the driver tried to spin around off the water, it hit another dock and went into the water.

Town of Tonawanda Police Capt. Joseph Carosi says the driver of the vehicle, 27-year-old Michael Curtiss, was intoxicated. His BAC was reportedly three times over the legal limit.

Curtiss was not injured in the crash and is now facing charges of DWI, aggravated DWI and reckless driving. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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