Portland Man Charged With DWI Twice In Three Hours

PORTLAND – A Portland man was charged with drunken driving hours apart Sunday, Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies said.

While at the scene of an incident on Route 20 in Portland, sheriff’s deputies at 5:45 a.m. observed a vehicle park in front of their patrol car. Police noticed the vehicle, operated by Rodney A. Austin, 26, was the same involved in a driving while intoxicated arrest that had occurred three hours earlier in Brocton.

Deputies saw Austin exit the vehicle, and confirmed it was the same driver in the previous arrest. The Portland resident was again taken into custody after it was found he was driving while intoxicated, police said.

Austin was processed and later released with traffic tickets. He is scheduled to appear in Portland Town Court at a later date.

Earlier Sunday, deputies observed a vehicle at 2:40 a.m. traveling on Lake Avenue with a loud and leaking exhaust system. Following a traffic stop, police identified Austin as the driver. He was found to be intoxicated, police said.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater and inadequate muffler.