Deputies say man on drugs blocked traffic

Handcuffs

Deputies say a man passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle that was partially blocking the lane of traffic on Grand Island Boulevard near Tim Horton’s was on drugs.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office was called to the coffee shop shortly before noon on Tuesday on reports of a suspicious vehicle. Once there, deputies say they found 35-year-old Ernest Ruffin passed out behind the wheel. When he woke up, authorities say Ruffin began swearing at officers and tried to put his vehicle in reverse.

After a brief struggle, Ruffin was removed from his vehicle and taken into custody. While being patted down, deputies found a knife and suspected cocaine. A drug recognition expert was called to the scene and determined Ruffin was impaired.

Ruffin refused to submit to a blood test. He is charged with DWI by drugs, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon and second degree reckless endangerment.

Deputies also discovered Ruffin is wanted by the NYS Division of Parole for a violation on a previous robbery conviction.

He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.

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