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State police issues press release on Alan Branch arrest


The New York State Police issued the following press release in regards to the Driving While Intoxicated arrest of former Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Alan Branch.

Branch was released Sunday, not much more than 24 hours after the incident.

New York State Police mug shot of Alan Branch.

New York State Police mug shot of Alan Branch.

The press release:

"On August 23, 2014 at about 2:05 AM New York State Police arrested Alan K. Branch, 29, of Depew, NY for Driving While Intoxicated, after a traffic stop at the intersection of Transit Road (St. Rt 78) and ( Genesee Street (St. Rt 33) in the Town of Cheektowaga.
Branch was observed failing to use his turn signal at an intersection and then moving from lanes unsafely. Upon stopping the vehicle and speaking with the operator, identified as Allan K. Branch, Troopers detected an odor of alcohol then after field sobriety tests, placed Branch under arrest for DWI. 
He was transported to SP Clarence for processing where a BAC level of .14 was obtained.  Branch was issued tickets for Driving While Intoxicated and the Vehicle and Traffic Law infractions all returnable to the Town of Cheektowaga Court on August 29, 2014."

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