License plate leads deputies to driver who fled scene

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ELMA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Deputies say a license plate left at the scene of a hit-and-run crash led them to the suspect’s home.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office was called to Rice Road in Elma around 1:45 a.m. on Thursday. One driver had already fled the scene before deputies arrived, but left a license plate behind.

Deputies used the license plate and arrived at John Wilczewski’s home within minutes after the accident. Officers say the 40-year-old failed field sobriety tests and his BAC was .16 percent, twice the legal limit.

Wilczewski is charged with DWI. 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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