Weekly Feature

2018-06-07 / Police Blotter

Police Blotter

Man asleep at wheel gets charged with DWI

Monday, May 28

• A vehicle was stopped on Southwestern Boulevard for an expired inspection sticker. The operator’s license was revoked for driving while ability impaired by drugs. The Niagara Falls woman was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, failure to deliver a suspended license or registration to the Department of Motor Vehicles and uninspected vehicle.

Tuesday, May 29

• An argument ensued between a boyfriend and girlfriend over the girlfriend allegedly sneaking out and texting other people. The boyfriend is accused of kicking the girl in the stomach, punching her, tackling her to the ground and beginning to choke her inside the Hillside Avenue residence. The Orchard Park man was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and harassment in the second degree.

• An unknown individual entered a residence on Windgate Street and took a large amount of money from a dresser in the home. When the owner’s former wife and daughter arrived at the residence to drop something off, they noticed the door was ajar. The home was not ransacked, and nothing else was missing. Police are continuing to investigate.

Wednesday, May 30

• A former employee of a North Buffalo Road grocery store allegedly made a threat that he would rather shoot up the store than a school. The threat was reportedly made during a message room chat. An acquaintance said the Orchard Park man was joking. Police interviewed the man in front of his parents, and he admitted making the statement but said it was a joke. He was advised of the seriousness of the statement and was told he can no longer go to the grocery store or it will be considered trespassing.

• An unlocked vehicle was gone through on Lake Avenue. Nothing was removed from the vehicle.

• An unknown individual went through the glove box of an unlocked car on Lake Avenue. Nothing was taken.

• Three unlocked vehicles in the driveway of a Lake Avenue residence were gone through. Taken were $5 and personal papers.

Friday, June 1

• Police were called to the intersection of Southwestern Boulevard and Milestrip Road for a driver asleep at the wheel. Officers arrived and found a vehicle sitting in the left driving lane not moving for a green light. The officer woke the driver up and turned off the car. Police said the Orchard Park man had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and also had bloodshot eyes. When asked how much he had to drink, the man responded “way too much.” He allegedly failed his field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving while intoxicated. At the station, he twice refused to take a breath test. He was charged with DWI, failure to obey a traffic control device, and an open container violation, for having an open can of Bud Light in the driver’s seat console.

Saturday, June 2

• A vehicle was stopped on Abbott Road for crossing over the fog lane and failing to keep right. During the stop, the officer asked the Buffalo man for his license. He said he didn’t have one, then said it wasn’t valid. The officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage during the interaction, and the man admitted to having three beers. He allegedly failed his field sobriety tests. A check of the man’s license showed he had seven revocations, including three for driving while intoxicated, and he was placed under arrest for DWI. At the station, he refused to take a chemical test. He was charged with common law DWI, E-felony DWI, D-felony DWI, operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, felony aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, failure to keep right, failure to stay in lane, two counts of aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree and one count of aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree.

• Police pulled over a vehicle on Summit Avenue for making an abrupt turn off Abbott Road to avoid a police checkpoint. Investigation showed the inspection sticker was expired. A check of the driver’s license showed it revoked for refusing a chemical test and suspended for driving while ability impaired. The operator, a Buffalo man, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, unlicensed operator, uninspected vehicle and uninsured vehicle.

• A hit-and-run occurred in a hockey rink parking lot on Weiss Avenue. The vehicle’s bumper was dented and cracked. It’s unknown who struck the vehicle, but it appears to have happened from a trailer hitch, due to an imprint. There are no suspects at this time. The victim is from Lancaster.

(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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