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. 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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