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Niagara Falls man faces DWI, weapons charges after Thruway incident

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In the early hours of March 9, 2024, State Police arrested Rashod D. Dolson, a 33-year-old Niagara Falls resident, for DWI and multiple felony gun charges following a report of a possibly disabled vehicle on I-190, near the Sheridan Drive Exit. Troopers found Dolson asleep behind the wheel of a running vehicle and determined he was intoxicated and driving with a suspended license. A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered a loaded APF-15 300 Blackout short barrel Assault Rifle, two 30-round magazines, and a Glock 9 mm pistol without a serial number.

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Dolson faces several charges, including two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree and Driving While Intoxicated, alongside charges related to possessing a large capacity ammunition feeding device, an assault weapon, and a disguised gun. After being processed at SP Buffalo, where he refused a breath sample, Dolson was arraigned and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center with bail set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

Scheduled to reappear in court on March 14, 2024, Dolson’s arrest underscores the serious consequences of combining impaired driving with illegal possession of firearms. The incident highlights law enforcement’s ongoing efforts to ensure public safety on New York’s roadways and communities.