Weekly Feature

2014-03-27 / Police Blotter

Utility pole awakens sleeping driver

Monday, March 17

• A Buffalo man was reportedly observed driving on Clinton Street with no license plates. During the subsequent traffic stop, a computer check found that the vehicle was unregistered and uninspected. The man stated that he was “just test driving” the vehicle.

• A patrol working with New York State Police on a DWI roadblock on Transit Road reportedly stopped a West Seneca woman with extremely slurred speech, glassy and bloodshot eyes, and the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her mouth. After reportedly failing several sobriety tests and registering an alleged blood alcohol level of 0.16 percent, the woman was charged with driving while intoxicated and having an open container in the vehicle.

Tuesday, March 18

• Police responded to a call received from OnStar of a possible vehicular collision on Fisher Road. When the patrol reached the scene of the accident, they reportedly saw an Angola woman running from the driver’s side of a damaged vehicle with her belongings and keys in her hands. They called for her to stop and return to the scene, to which she complied, but she had a difficult time keeping her balance. The woman was also observed as having slurred speech, glassy eyes and impaired motor skills, and was unable to physically perform sobriety tests. As she was being treated for injuries in an ambulance, the woman allegedly registered a blood alcohol level of 0.18 percent. She was charged with DWI and moving from a lane unsafely.

• An Orchard Park man reported damage to a long vacant property on Main Street. The man told police he knew the owner of the property and stated that over the course of a few weeks, two doors, valued at $100 each, and eight windows, valued at $150 each, had been damaged.

• Police responded to the intersection of Clinton Street and Transit Road for the report of a hit-and-run accident. The striking vehicle reportedly left the scene, and a retired police officer who witnessed the incident followed it to a dead-end street. A West Seneca man was taken into custody and charged with aggravated vehicle operation, leaving the scene of a property-damage-only accident, and failure to yield the right of way.

Wednesday, March 19

• Police responded to an apartment on Edson Street for a welfare check on a West Seneca man who had reportedly made several 911 calls that were disconnected. A North Tonawanda man allegedly attempted to block police as they heard groans coming from the back of the apartment. He went into a fighting stance and shouted profanities at the police before they were able to remove him from the doorway. The West Seneca man was reportedly found intoxicated, and he told police he had called 911 because he was afraid of the other man. He was transported to an area motel to stay the night. The North Tonawanda man was charged with obstructing government administration.

Friday, March 21

• Police responded to Orchard Park Road on the report of a one-vehicle property-damage accident. When they arrived at the scene, a man and woman were removing an Orchard Park man from the driver’s side of a vehicle that had struck a utility pole. The man reportedly told police that he was heading home from bowling, fell asleep behind the wheel and woke up when his car hit the pole. Police noticed that the man was uneasy on his feet and had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his person. After he told police he hadn’t been injured, the man reportedly failed several sobriety tests and registered an alleged blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent. Police also reported finding a pipe with burned marijuana residue and a clear plastic baggie containing marijuana. The man was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana.

• The Kmart on Orchard Park Road reported having a shoplifter in custody. The Cheektowaga man allegedly passed all points of purchase without paying for $25.98 in Lego merchandise. He was charged with petit larceny.

Saturday, March 22

• An East Aurora woman, who had parked her car at Southgate Plaza, told police that an unknown person had tried to gain entry to her vehicle. She said that when she attempted to open the passenger-side front door, the handle came off the vehicle and a decorative lock cylinder was also missing.

• A Buffalo man was reportedly observed driving on Clinton Street with a driver’s-side brake light out and also swerving over the yellow double line. During the subsequent traffic stop, a computer check found that the man’s license was suspended. Using a flashlight to look around the car, police reportedly found a small clear baggie filled with alleged cocaine on the floor near the backseat. The man was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated vehicle operation and not having a stop lamp.

Total calls received: 399

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual calls received by the West Seneca Police Department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported. Residents can report incidents to the WSPD by calling its anonymous tip line at 675-8423.)

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