Newfane DWI Offender Detained Under Leandra’s Law

A man from Newfane was apprehended on Friday morning for allegedly driving under the influence with a 4-year-old child in the car, according to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. This accusation comes four years after he faced similar charges under the state’s Leandra’s Law. Lewis G. Ackerson Jr., 49, faces additional charges including endangering the welfare of a child and various traffic violations. This marks the third time Ackerson has been charged with driving while intoxicated, with the last two incidents happening in 2020.

Authorities were alerted to an alleged reckless driver in the vicinity of Shawnee Road on Friday morning, with multiple calls suggesting that Ackerson’s vehicle was veering across the road and into the path of oncoming traffic. After Ackerson’s arrest, the child found in his vehicle was handed over to a guardian.

In a previous incident on February 18, 2020, Ackerson was discovered unconscious at the wheel on Ridge Road in Lockport. He was subsequently charged with endangering the life of a 3-year-old in his car and obstructing governmental administration, according to authorities. Ackerson later pled guilty and received a sentence of three years probation.

Further details indicate Ackerson was arrested for driving while intoxicated on January 28, 2020 but was released owing to a new bail reform law. Following his recent arrest, Ackerson has been detained at the Niagara County Correctional Facility awaiting his court appearance.

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