Alleged drunk driver says he swerved to miss animal

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Jared Wisniewski says he swerved to miss an animal in the road before crashing his vehicle into a ditch. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says the 34-year-old was drunk.

The crash happened Wednesday around 1:45 a.m. on North State Street in Salamanca. Deputies say Wisniewski’s vehicle ended up in a ditch and snow embankment.

The Cattaraugus man is charged with DWI and failure to keep right. He’s due back in court at a later date. 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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