Weekly Feature

2017-05-25 / Police Blotter

Asleep driver charged with DWI

Thursday, May 18

• A Union Road woman was stopped on Seneca Street for missing stop and turn signal lamps. During the stop, it was discovered that the driver had a suspended license. She was ticketed for failure to notify address change, inadequate signals, no stop lamps and aggravated unlicensed operation.

• An Alsace Street woman was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs after she was observed pulling out of a gas station on Clinton Street and nearly striking a patrol vehicle. She was also seen passing a red signal at Harlem Road. During a stop, police observed her to have slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. She reportedly failed some field sobriety tests but tested negative for alcohol. She was arrested for evaluation by a drug recognition expert, which police said was positive, and she was subsequently charged with failure to yield right of way, unsafe lane change, failure to signal and passing red signal.

• Police stopped a vehicle on Clinton Street for a loud exhaust. During the stop, police discovered that the driver, a Cheektowaga man, had a suspended license for seven prior violations. The inspection sticker on the vehicle was found to be the wrong one. He was arrested and charged with forgery, no inspection, inadequate exhaust, unlicensed driver and aggravated unlicensed operation.

Friday, May 19

• A Buffalo man was stopped on Ridge Road for no inspection. The driver was also found to have a revoked license. He was ticketed for no inspection and aggravated unlicensed operation.

• While on patrol, police observed a vehicle on Ridge Road traveling at an estimated 52 mph in a 35-mph zone. During a stop of the vehicle, police observed that the driver, a Buffalo man, had glassy eyes and an odor of alcohol. The man said he was coming from a veterans’ post and had consumed four or five drinks. He reportedly failed some field sobriety tests and refused a breath test. He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test and speeding.

Tuesday, May 23

• An Amherst woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after police observed her vehicle to be parked in the northbound lane of traffic on Orchard Park Road. Police said the driver was found asleep in the fetal position in the driver’s seat with the vehicle running. After several attempts, police were able to wake the woman, who was observed to have slurred speech and an odor of alcohol. She allegedly told police she was driving home from Flattery’s and had consumed two or three beers. She tested positive for alcohol at 0.18 percent and was subsequently charged with stopping on a highway, no inspection and no seatbelt.

Total calls: 423

(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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