Weekly Feature

2018-09-13 / Police Blotter

Woman tries to evade law in fast food eatery


Saturday, Sept. 1

• Officers initiated a traffic stop at the corner of Freeman Drive and Transit Road for a vehicle with inoperable taillights. Upon speaking with the driver, police noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the interior. The driver pulled out a plastic bag containing marijuana from the glove box and handed it over to police when questioned about the smell coming from the car. The driver also handed over a small plastic bag of cocaine.

• A woman allegedly attempted to steal items from the Walmart on Transit Road. When confronted by the responding officer, she dropped the items and ran to a nearby McDonald’s, then out and along Transit Road before police tackled her to the ground after repeatedly asking her to stop. The woman was then transferred to the Erie County Holding Center after being booked at the Lancaster station.

Monday, Sept. 3

• Officers tracked down a driver at the corner of Americo Court and Aurora Street after reports of reckless driving in the area. Upon arrival, officers found the driver pulled over and smoking marijuana. The individual was taken into custody without incident, and the vehicle was impounded.

• An Amazon employee was the subject of a warrant out of the City of Dunkirk. Officers arrived at the Walden location to take him into custody.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

• Officers responded to an accident at the corner of Transit Road and Genesee Street. An allegedly impaired driver had rear-ended another vehicle, and appeared to be nodding in and out while speaking with officers. The driver refused to submit to a chemical blood test and was booked and released. A state Drug Influence Evaluation was completed and filed in case history.


Wednesday, Sept. 5

• A woman believed to be intoxicated or impaired by drugs didn’t have money to pay cab fare from Buffalo to Depew and had the driver stop at a 7-11 and her home to get funds, but was unsuccessful. The woman told officers she had given the driver $5 and wanted to pay the rest next week. She was arrested for theft of services. Upon being transported to the station, the woman began throwing herself against the cage separating the back and front seats and screaming obscenities, causing a laceration to her forehead. The back seat, glass of the cage, floor, prison bars and window were covered in blood. The woman was treated by Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps at the station and transported to St. Joe’s Hospital. Officers found 16 suboxone sublingual films inside her wallet.

Friday, Sept. 7

• Police were called to the Amtrak station on Dick Road about U.S. Border Patrol detaining an individual who didn’t have any documentation for admission to the country. The man was transported to the Tonawanda Border Patrol Office. While being processed, officers found 5 grams of ketamine, 10 Ecstasy pills, 10 grams of MDMA, 10 grams of mushrooms, and five squares of LSD; the total value of all drugs is estimated at less than $1,000. The man claimed he got the drugs shipped to him from a relative in Germany.

Saturday, Sept. 8

• A male driver was pulled over for erratic driving along Olmstead Avenue. The man was seen backing up, driving over grass and almost hitting a parked car, before putting his right turn signal on and turning left on Ellicott Place near Warner Road. Visibly intoxicated, the man refused a breath test. He told officers he had “knee and stress disabilities” while performing field sobriety tests, all of which he failed.

Sunday, Sept. 9

• A female driver caused damage to the side of a Sunoco gas station on George Urban Boulevard. She told police her foot slipped and she accelerated from her parking space instead of pressing the brake pedal. Significant damage was caused to the doors and front wall of the structure. The vehicle was towed, and no injuries were reported as a result of the accident. The business is closed until repairs are made.

(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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