Buffalo politician arrested on DWI charges

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Buffalo politician who graduated from Cornell was arrested over the weekend on DWI charges.

Police stopped Matthew Ricchiazzi, 29, for a traffic violation. Further investigation clued New York State Troopers off to the possibility that Ricchiazzi may have been intoxicated.

Ricchiazzi, a politician who attempted to run in Buffalo’s 2009 mayoral race, was found to be intoxicated Saturday at 2 a.m., police say. After he was arrested, police gave him a breathalyzer test, which showed his blood alcohol content at .10 percent.

Police released Ricchiazzi to a third party and charged him with driving while intoxicated.

When Ricchiazzi ran for mayor in 2009, he was 23-years-old and ran as an independent. He originally attempted to file over 2,000 signatures with the Erie County Board of Elections, but dropped out of the race after the signatures were called into question and rejected.

Ricchiazzi still writes a political blog with a self-described anti-establishment theme. 

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