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Police blotter from the Dec. 26 edition of The Sun

Man arrested after caught tailgating
According to Evans Police Lieutenant Bradley DiMartino, a 1995 Ford Bronco, driven by Timothy Sullivan, 49, of Silver Creek, was seen tailgating another vehicle on Route 20 on Dec. 14.

As the cars passed Sturgeon Point Road, Sullivan attempted to pass the vehicle he was tailgating on the shoulder of the roadway; his car then left the road, struck a ditch and then hit trees.

Sullivan told police that he was coming from a friend’s house, where he had had a few drinks. He said that he did not think he was injured.

DiMartino reported that the subject had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, poor balance and a smell of alcohol about his person.

Sullivan had a reported 0.21 percent blood alcohol level; when asked to perform field sobriety tests, he told police, “F--- you.”

The subject was charged with driving while intoxicated, following too close, failure to keep right and driving on the shoulder/slope of a controlled-access highway.

Man slides through stop sign
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Lysy responded to a report of a two-car accident with injury, on Feddick Road at Rice Road in Boston on Dec. 19.

A vehicle, driven by 41-year-old James Fair of Lackawanna, slid through the stop sign at Rice Road and struck a car driven by 55-year-old David Lutz of Eden.

Lutz was transported to the Erie County Medical Center by Boston EMS, with non-life-threatening injuries.

Fair was cited, in the accident.

Unlawful possession of marijuana

Christopher Baase, 23, of Evans was arrested on Dec. 14 for unlawful possession of marijuana and operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver.

The arrest was made by Evans Lieutenant Bradley DiMartino, who discovered that the subject had a chrome smoking pipe containing marijuana and a rolled dollar bill containing a white powder substance.

Baase was ordered to return to the town of Evans, at a later date.

Troopers respond to Brant explosions

State police from the Collins barracks responded to a 911 report of an explosion on Dec. 17 at the Renaldo Sales and Service building in the town of Brant.

It was reported that an employee was injured, while conducting maintenance on a propane delivery truck. The victim, 54-year-old Lawrence Szal of Eden, sustained burns to his face, hands and legs.

Prior to the explosion, Szal was working near the rear of the tanker truck, when residual fumes inside the tank ignited, causing the explosion. Coworkers extinguished the fire, while removing Szal and providing him with medical care.

Rural/Metro Corporation transported Szal to Lake Shore Hospital, for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries.

Fire companies from the town of Brant and Farnham responded to the scene, along with town of Brant Police and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

Man leaves car accident with DWI charges

Evans Patrolman Nathan Miller was dispatched to an Evans address for a recent one-car property damage accident.

Police observed a blue 2006 Ford Explorer, stuck in a ditch and exhibiting front-end damage. The driver, Jeremy Schiffmaker, 31, of Evans, was the car’s sole occupant.

Miller reported that Schiffmaker had glassy eyes, slurred speech and impaired motor coordination. When the subject exited the vehicle, he was unsteady and nearly fell over, several times. He told police that he was unharmed from the accident and had not hit his head.

Schiffmaker failed the alphabet, nine-step walk and turn, Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, finger-to-nose and alphabet tests, but passed the finger count test.

He was arrested for driving while intoxicated (first offense), operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level greater than 0.08 percent and moving from lane unsafely. He was ordered to appear in court, at a later date.

Resident fails roadside sobriety tests
A vehicle, driven by Thomas Wood, 55, of Evans, was observed crossing over the fog line and drifting into the westbound passing lane, by Evans Patrolman Jeffrey Mayer.

Police reported that the subject had glassy eyes, slurred speech, poor coordination and an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath. Wood told Mayer that he had a few beers after work and was on his way home. He also admitted that he had drunk too much to be driving.

When asked to complete the alphabet test, Wood stopped at “Q” and said, “I can’t do that.” He also failed the finger count and walk-and-turn. “I’m done,” he said, to police.

Wood registered a 0.12 percent blood alcohol level at the Evans Police Station. He was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense), operating a motor vehicle with a greater than 0.08 percent BAC and moving from lane unsafely.

Man arrested with multiple charges
Wade Wampler was recently arrested for operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, illegal signal, failure to stop at a stop sign and aggravated, unlicensed operation second.

The subject was observed failing to stop his vehicle at a stop sign in Evans and failing to signal his turn, as required.

The vehicle was stopped by Evans Patrolman Joseph LaRosa, who found that the offender’s driver’s license had been suspended for three scoffs on three separate dates, in Orchard Park and Evans.

The subject was transported to the police station and released on $240 cash bail.

Two-vehicle accident
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Mosier responded to a recent two-motor vehicle accident on Southwestern Boulevard.

One vehicle had gone off the roadway, into the woods. Two people were injured, but had sustained minor injuries.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
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