Weekly Feature

2017-12-07 / Police Blotter

Orchard Park Police deal with drunken driving, disturbances during game-day weekend

The Orchard Park Police Department responded to calls related to drunken driving, soliciting without a permit and various disturbances before, during and after the Buffalo Bills game against the New England Patriots.

Saturday, Dec. 2

At 5 a.m., officers were called to Route 219 for a report of a black Ford Focus traveling south in the northbound lane. Officers were able to stop the vehicle before it struck another car head-on. The driver, Luke Graham, 32, of Amherst, was allegedly intoxicated and the report said he failed his field sobriety tests. Graham was returned to the station where he refused a breath test. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to obey a traffic control device and driving the wrong way on a controlled access highway.

Sunday, Dec. 3

At 1:27 a.m., officers observed a vehicle traveling on Big Tree Road with its four-way flashers activated. The vehicle was reported to have recklessly passed a tow truck and failed to signal a turn and maintain its lane. The car was stopped on Lindsey Lane, and the driver of the vehicle, Jessica Miller, 29, of Lancaster, was allegedly intoxicated. Police said she failed her field sobriety tests and was arrested. At the station, she refused to take a breath test. She was charged with DWI, failure to signal a turn and failure to maintain lane.

At 7:30 a.m., officers were called to an Amelia Drive department store for a man banging on the door yelling for police. Upon arrival, police found a 42-year-old man from Cleveland, Ohio, who had sustained numerous injuries to his face and body from an alleged assault. The man told officers he had been kidnapped in the Cleveland area by a family member and been tortured repeatedly until he was able to escape. The man said he was transported in a black Chevy Cobalt with New York plates and believed he was being taken to Rochester. All Western New York police agencies were notified to look for the vehicle. The man was heavily intoxicated and was transported to the hospital for his injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

At 11:36 a.m., officers located two men on Sheldon Road near Abbott Road whom they accused of soliciting without a permit. Andre Fortner, 51, of Buffalo, and Burrell Dickerson, 43, of the Bronx, were charged with soliciting without a permit.

At 12:15 p.m., officers reported finding a man soliciting without a permit at the intersection of Abbott Road and Community Drive. Rodney Williams, 39, of Buffalo, was charged with soliciting without a permit.

At 12:33 p.m., officers responded to a private parking lot on Southwestern Boulevard for a disturbance. Upon arrival, two teenage girls, one from Canandaigua, New York, and another from Buffalo, were charged with underage possession of alcohol. Both were released to their parents.

At 1:08 p.m., police located a Cleveland, Ohio, man who was reported to be soliciting without a permit. Hollice McCollie, 39, was charged with soliciting without a permit. At 1:20 p.m., while officers were dealing with McCollie, they were allegedly accosted by a man who became verbally abusive toward them. Scott Jefferson, 46, of University Heights, Ohio, was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration in the second degree.

At 4:52 p.m., officers stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Abbott and Sheldon roads after it was involved in a disturbance. The two occupants of the vehicle were allegedly in possession of marijuana. They also reportedly became uncooperative with police. Jacob Harvey and Damien Mangual, both 18 and from Niagara Falls, were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

According to Lt. Patrick Fitzgerald, before, during and after the game, police responded to numerous calls for service involving car crashes, fires, fights, criminal mischief, intoxicated individuals, lost and found property, and other criminal acts.

Officers and EMS personnel also attended to many calls involving alcohol consumption and reckless behavior.

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