Major Carla A. DiRienzo
Troop T Commander
Tonawanda, NY – On July 16, 2021 at approximately 11:00 a.m., Troopers responded to a report of two individuals fighting on the shoulder of I-190 in the town of Tonawanda. A preliminary investigation determined that Paul J. Britzzalaro, 56, of Tonawanda, NY, was traveling northbound near exit 16, when he was involved in a road rage incident with the driver of another vehicle. After several miles, both vehicles pulled over on the shoulder of the road, where a physical altercation took place.
Britzzalaro reportedly put the other driver into a choke hold before leaving the scene and continuing on I-190. Troopers were able to contact Britzzalaro who voluntarily responded to SP Buffalo. He was charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation; a Class A Misdemeanor and issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Tonawanda Court on July 29, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.