Police: Derby man facing felonies after crashing vehicle while drunk, fleeing scene

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Orchard Park Police charged a Derby man with a number of felonies after they say he crashed his car while drunk and left the scene.

Police responded to a two-car accident on Southwestern Boulevard at California Road shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday.

A silver Jeep driven by Daniel Gorham, 25, was heavily damaged by the accident, but had fled the area, according to police.

A witness followed Gorham’s Jeep to a bar parking lot on Abbott Road, according to authorities. Police say they then found him and questioned him about his involvement in the crash.

Law enforcement officers say Gorham failed field sobriety tests and had his privilege to drive in New York revoked three times for previous DWI arrests.

According to police, Gorham had also been twice convicted of DWI.

Gorham’s vehicle was impounded and he was taken to the police station, where authorities say he was found to be nearly twice over the legal limit for alcohol.

He faces multiple DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation charges as well as other violations.

Gorham was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $7,500 bail.

He will appear in court next week.

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