Weekly Feature



2018-02-15 / Police Blotter

Drunken-driving charge follows hit-and-run

Friday, Feb. 9

A vehicle was stopped at the intersection of Argyle Place and South Lincoln Avenue. A hit-and-run had occurred earlier at the intersection of South Buffalo and School streets. The vehicle in question struck another vehicle and left the scene. The car was traveling east on Thorn Avenue and made a wide right turn, crossing into the officer’s driving lane. The car was then stopped on Argyle Place. The officer noticed front-end damage and that the vehicle had smoke coming from it. The driver, a Colden women, was asked for her license and registration and handed the officer the maintenance records for the car. The woman never gave a license. She said she was going home from work but later admitted to going out after work for a few beers in Lackawanna. When the officer asked if she had been in an accident she said yes. When the officer asked why she didn’t stop, she said she went around the block a few times because she thought the car she hit was following her. The woman failed field sobriety tests and was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated. At the station, she submitted to a breath test, allegedly registering a 0.22 percent blood alcohol level. She was charged with two counts of DWI, common law and aggravated; uninspected vehicle; unlicensed operator; hit-and-run; and unregistered vehicle.

Police attended to a vehicle that had slid off the road on Milestrip Road at Route 219. A check of the driver’s license showed it was suspended. The Buffalo man also was the subject of warrants out of the Town of Amherst and the City of Buffalo. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, imprudent speed and unlicensed operator.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Orchard Park dispatch received a report from residents on Carriage Drive that smoke could be smelled inside an apartment building. Officers responded to the scene and found that an upstairs apartment was on fire. Residents of all six units were safely evacuated. Fire crews from Windom, Hillcrest and Orchard Park, assisted by several fire companies from the Town of Hamburg, extinguished the fire. Police said the unit appears to be a total loss. There were no injuries reported; however, one dog did die in the fire.

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.)

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