Weekly Feature



2017-08-17 / Police Blotter

Man admits stealing mother’s license plates

Wednesday, Aug. 9

• A vehicle was stopped on Union Road for numerous equipment violations. During the stop, the driver, a Bowmansville man, was found to have a suspended license for failing to answer a summons out of Amherst. He was arrested and charged with illegal window tint, operating a vehicle without stop lamps and aggravated unlicensed operation.

• Police responded to 650 Harlem Road for a report of a suspicious person stumbling into the roadway. Police reported that the man, an Orchard Park resident, appeared to be under the influence of drugs. The man said his behavior was due to not sleeping for two days and reportedly added that he was in possession of a few Suboxone for which he did not have a prescription. Police said he turned over five pills and three strips of suspected Suboxone and was arrested. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and controlled substance out of original container.

Thursday, Aug. 10

• Police observed a vehicle pass through a steady red signal at the intersection of Harlem and Mineral Springs roads. The vehicle was also observed to cross the fog line twice. During a stop of the vehicle, the driver, a Hamburg man, stated his name and that he was headed to the hospital because his son had been seriously injured in an accident on Grider Street. Dispatched checked local hospitals and determined that the man was lying. He was warned about giving a false name, and police determined his true identification. They discovered that he had a suspended license, and he was arrested. The man was charged with false personation, unsafe lane change, traffic device violation and aggravated unlicensed operation.

• A Lancaster man was stopped on Southwestern Boulevard for not wearing a seatbelt. A computer check showed the man to have a suspended license, no insurance on the vehicle and that the vehicle’s registration was suspended. He was arrested and charged with no seat belt, no insurance, suspended registration and aggravated unlicensed operation.

Friday, Aug. 11

• Police observed a vehicle on Seneca Street make a right hand turn onto Orchard Park Road without signaling. During a stop of the vehicle the driver was observed to have slurred speech, glassy eyes and an odor of alcohol. Before being asked any questions, the Country Lane man allegedly admitted to taking the license plates off his mother’s vehicle without permission and placing them on his vehicle. He also stated he had just purchased the vehicle and that it wasn’t registered. The man then admitted to having one beer at a friend’s house after work. He reportedly failed all field sobriety tests and tested positive for alcohol at 0.15 percent. He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, operation of an unregistered vehicle, operating a vehicle without inspection, unsafe turn, exhaust system violation and operating a vehicle without insurance.

Total calls: 470

(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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