Weekly Feature



2017-11-09 / Police Blotter

Intoxicated man causes three-car accident

Lancaster

Thursday, Oct. 26

• Police initiated a traffic stop at Walden Avenue and Cemetery Road for a vehicle with its muffler hanging off; a system check showed the vehicle also had an expired inspection sticker. The driver told police his license was revoked. He had a blue plastic container containing a crushed up methylphenidate pill. The passenger had three yellow and white capsules, in addition to methylphenidate and a cut straw with residue. Officers also found four unopened Suboxone packages in the driver’s wallet.

Sunday, Oct. 29

• Officers responded to reports of a pickup truck driving all over the road on Genesee Street, traveling 59 mph in a 45-mph zone and hitting the curb several times. Visibly impaired, the male driver told police he had driven to 7-11 to pick up food. When stepping out of the truck, his shorts almost fell off, according to police narrative. The man failed field sobriety tests, sometimes falling asleep while being questioned. He was transported to ECMC to get blood drawn and determine what was in his system. He was eventually given Narcan and stayed at the hospital due to his drug impairment. The man was the subject of a warrant out of Buffalo and was returned to Lancaster Police the following day.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

• A DMV check of a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot at Transit Road came back showing the registered owner was the subject of a warrant out of Buffalo. The woman admitted to being on probation for petit larceny, and that the person with her was returning stolen property and in possession of heroin.

• Police responded to requests for a welfare check of a vehicle that was exiting the drive-thru lane of McDonalds at Transit Road. A man appeared to have fallen asleep with a young child in the back seat. The man had a suspended license for failing to pay a driver responsibility assessment. Officers found two small waxed paper bags with suspected heroin in the man’s wallet. The child was released to the man’s mother.

• A male driver hit a fire hydrant along Penora Street, hopping the curb and exiting the roadway. Visibly intoxicated, the man didn’t realize he had been in an accident, telling officers he was driving from Tops Markets on Broadway to his home in the Village of Lancaster. He refused a roadside breath test and field sobriety tests. The man’s license had been revoked as a result of a refusal hearing in Buffalo.

Thursday, Nov. 2

• A man was picking up Halloween decorations in front of his home at Summerfield Drive when another individual started yelling obscenities at him. The man did not speak to the individual at all, instead calling police, as this person was in violation of a court order to stay away.

Depew

Monday, Oct. 30

• A man told officers he was being harassed at work. Police spoke with the man’s manager, who said the man was fired that day for violating cellphone policy and yelling obscenities at him.

• A woman had her cellphone stolen in another jurisdiction. She tracked the phone through a smartphone application, which led the woman to a business on Walden Avenue. Police approached an individual who had the stolen phone in her car, as well as another woman’s wallet.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

• Police responded to Wegmans on Dick Road for reports of shoplifters. Two women stole just under $300 worth of merchandise; roughly $266 worth of items from a West Seneca Wegmans was also found in the shoplifter’s car. One of the women is under the care of Adult Protective Services in Buffalo; the other woman is her aide via Committed Home Care and currently employed by Erie County Child Protective Services. Detectives are currently reviewing the situation.

• A tenant of University Boulevard Apartments called police after hearing a knock on his front door. A man whom knew from a previous residence was in his home; he told the man to leave and spoke with officers about pressing charges for criminal trespassing. The man also looks to pursue an order of protection and a warrant was sought.

Wednesday, Nov. 1

• A bicycle was stolen from a George Urban Boulevard home. The resident wasn’t sure of the bike’s make and model, but knows it is a yellow mountain bike worth approximately $400.

Thursday, Nov. 2

• Two children’s laptops were stolen from a Gould Avenue home. The resident suspects her daughter is responsible and pawned the laptops at Big Pawn in Depew.

Saturday, Nov. 4

• Police responded to a three-car accident at Dick Road and South Creek Drive. A driver rear-ended the vehicle in front, causing that vehicle to rear-end another car. The man who caused the accident was visibly intoxicated, failing field sobriety tests and having 0.14-percent blood alcohol content. The driver of the middle vehicle struck was treated by Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps for a severe headache.

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.)

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