Weekly Feature

2017-02-23 / Police Blotter

Woman mistakes insurance card for license in DWI stop

Tuesday, Feb. 14

• A Buffalo woman was stopped on Union Road for an expired registration sticker. A computer check showed the driver also had her driving privileges suspended. She was ticketed for aggravated unlicensed operation and operating an unregistered vehicle.

• An East and West Road resident contacted police to report that his roadside mailbox had been knocked over and heavily damaged. Police report there were no distinct tire marks leading up to the mailbox.

Thursday, Feb. 16

• While on patrol, police observed a vehicle on Union Road without headlamps. Upon stopping the vehicle, police observed that there were no stop lamps either. The driver, a Mill Road resident, was observed to have an odor of alcohol and glassy eyes. When asked for her license and registration, the woman allegedly handed the officer her insurance card and stated, “Here is my license.” She allegedly told police that she knew she was getting pulled over for not having headlights on but that she was just going to get food. She stated she had not consumed alcohol. The woman failed most field sobriety tests and tested positive for alcohol at 0.18 percent. She was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI and equipment violation.

Friday, Feb. 17

• Police received a complaint that a driver was slumped over at the wheel on Dirkson Avenue. Upon arrival, police observed the driver, a Mineral Springs Road resident, asleep with his seat belt on and keys in the ignition. The officers were able to wake the driver after multiple attempts. When asked for his license and registration, police said he handed them a postcard, photo and other items. He reportedly had glassy eyes and an odor of alcohol. The man stated he had been drinking at Flattery’s until midnight and believed it was 4 a.m., when police report it was after 6 a.m. He refused a breath screening test, and after one failed attempt to recite the English alphabet, reportedly refused all further field sobriety testing, stating he didn’t “want to incriminate” himself. He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing a breath test.

(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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