Weekly Feature



2010-04-08 / Police Blotter

‘Zero tolerance’ policy used for underage driver

(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. Residents can report incidents to the West Seneca Police Department by calling its anonymous tip line at 675-8423.)

Friday, March 26

• Patrol stopped a vehicle on Clinton Street for having a modified, loud exhaust. A computer check revealed the vehicle’s registration was suspended for outstanding parking violations.

Total calls received: 57

Saturday, March 27

• A 20-year-old Buffalo male was stopped on Langner Road for swerving and passing through a red light. The driver was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and was detained because of the “zero tolerance” policy. Further investigation revealed his driver’s license had been suspended. Police also found that the vehicle was reported stolen by the subject’s girlfriend, who said he took it without her permission.

• Patrol stopped a vehicle on Clinton Street for having a loud exhaust. A computer check showed the driver’s license was suspended.

• A Cheektowaga woman was stopped on Harlem Road for driving with an obstructed view. Further investigation revealed the driver’s license was suspended.

Total calls received: 54

Sunday, March 28

• A Cheektowaga man was stopped on Seneca Street for unsafe driving and was found to be driving while intoxicated.

• Patrol stopped a speeding vehicle on the Route 219 exit to Ridge Road. A strong odor of alcohol emanated from the subject’s breath, and he failed multiple sobriety tests. He was found to be driving while intoxicated.

• A Buffalo man was stopped on Seneca Street for driving with an obstructed view. A computer check showed the driver’s license was suspended.

• Patrol stopped a vehicle on Union Road after a computer check revealed the driver’s license was suspended. Patrol also gave the driver a warning for the vehicle’s dark-tinted windows.

Total calls received: 47

Tuesday, March 30

• A Depew male was stopped on Clinton Street for driving with an obstructed view. Further investigation revealed the driver’s license was suspended.

• A 19-year-old male was stopped on Harlem Road for driving with a loud exhaust. A computer check showed the driver’s license was suspended.

Total calls received: 59

Wednesday, March 31

• A West Seneca man reported that someone had stolen his wallet containing bank cards, his driver’s license, Social Security card and college identification card, as well as about $10 cash, from his vehicle while parked on Union Road.

Total calls received: 54

Thursday, April 1

• A woman reported that a West Seneca man had taken her car without permission but did not pursue charges since the man returned the vehicle a short while later. However, a computer check revealed the man had a suspended driver’s license.

• Patrol stopped a speeding vehicle on Ridge Road and found the 25-year-old male driver to have a suspended license.

• A resident reported the glass on his vehicle’s back window had been cut with a knife sometime overnight. The center console was found to be damaged, and the victim’s wallet as well as a Panasonic radio, valued at $150, were stolen. Damage to the window was estimated to cost $200.

Total calls received: 100

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