Family court magistrate accused of DWI crash

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Niagara County Family Court magistrate who also serves as a town justice in Evans is accused of driving drunk in a two-car crash, according to New York State Police.

Troopers say Timothy Cooper of Derby crashed head-on into another vehicle while driving on Robert Moses Parkway in Lewiston, Tuesday night. The other vehicle landed on its side, sending a 74-year-old man to Erie County Medical Center. He has since been treated and released.Untitled

The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. near the Niagara Power Authority. Police say they found 59-year-old Cooper a short distance from the scene and say he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

Cooper was arrested for DWI; he later refused to submit a breath test.

He is due back in Lewiston Court in May.

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