Weekly Feature

2017-07-13 / Police Blotter

Speedy driver blames ‘locked up’ leg


Wednesday, June 28

• A woman was caught speeding along Transit Road near the Thruway entrance, traveling 67 mph in a 45-mph zone. Police said the woman was visibly intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Lancaster police station. Four passengers involved were picked up by a sober driver on scene.

Friday, June 30

• Police observed a pickup stopped in the westbound lane along Westwood Road. When officers questioned the driver, he yelled something unintelligible and continued driving, crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting another vehicle head-on. Police found a can of dusting cleaner under the driver seat, which appeared cold and wet to the touch, indicating that it was just used, according to police. The man reportedly admitted he was “having a bad day and was huffing the spray.”

Saturday, July 1

• Officers initiated a traffic stop after observing a man speeding along Central Avenue near Pleasant View Drive, driving 52 mph in a 35-mph zone. The man reportedly failed field sobriety tests and had a 0.22-percent BAC.

Monday, July 3

• A man was caught speeding along Walden Avenue at Sheldon Avenue, driving 65 mph in a 40-mph zone. The man told police his right leg “locked up” on him and that caused him to speed. The man didn’t have a valid inspection for his car, although he told police he had a friend take his car for an inspection at an auto shop at Fillmore Avenue and Clinton Street.

Friday, July 7

• A Walmart employee was allegedly caught stealing from the store along Transit Road on 10 different occasions, for a total of $108.14. Police met management while they were in the process of terminating the employee; video of all incidents were given to officers.


Wednesday, July 5

• Police tracked town a vehicle along Broadway near Lake Avenue based on a domestic incident reported by Lancaster police. Visibly intoxicated, the driver initially failed to yield when police activated emergency lights. The man reportedly failed most field sobriety tests and had a 0.12-percent BAC.

• Officers and the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to Fibrix along Walden Avenue after getting reports of an industrial accident. A woman told police via a translator, as she did not speak English, that she had gotten her hand twisted in a conveyor belt. She was transported to Erie County Medical Center via LVAC.

• A man called police after his parked car was hit along Autumn Lea Road by a passing vehicle. The other driver left a note in good faith but didn’t include all necessary information. Police will follow up with Liberty Mutual, as the driver left an insurance policy number.

• Police were called to Hector’s Hardware along Transit Road after a vehicle hit the building. The woman responsible was not injured, initially telling police she wasn’t sure what happened. Later in the investigation, she stated that her foot slipped off the brake and pressed the gas pedal, which caused the accident, according to police narrative. The building was allowed to remain open after being evaluated by the village building inspector.

• Three men were caught shooting off fireworks at Dawson Field, at the corner of Lincoln Street and Columbia Avenue. The men were made aware of the complaint and were told to clean up garbage from fireworks use; remaining fireworks were taken by Depew police to be destroyed.

Sunday, July 9

• A woman called police after receiving a text message on her phone to call her bank. When she called the number in the text message, an automated system prompted her to enter her Social Security number, banking and credit card information. The woman contacted her bank to freeze accounts.

Monday, July 10

• Police responded to Zubrick Road and Bellevue Avenue after receiving reports of criminal mischief to construction equipment. A contractor hired by Depew to fix sidewalks in the area had back hoes parked in a nearby vacant lot, and windows on the machines appeared to have been hit with a BB gun. Neighbors didn’t hear or see anything suspicious over the weekend, police said.

(Editors 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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