Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the sheriff’s office enhanced DWI patrols and checkpoint arrested six operators over the Fourth of July weekend.
July 2, 5:20 p.m., Town of Newstead - Deputies responded to a hit and run accident that occurred at the Sleepy Hollow Campgrounds and received a description of the vehicle and the license plate number. When the vehicle was located driving on Main Street and making a turn into a development, a traffic stop was initiated. As Deputy Davis approached the vehicle, he observed an open can of beer in the center cup holder and the operator’s speech was slurred. Irene Kavanaugh, 67 of Newstead, failed standard field sobriety tests and registered a BAC of nearly twice the legal limit. Kavanaugh was charged with DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, and drinking alcohol in a vehicle on a highway. The defendant has an upcoming court date in Newstead Town Court.
July 2, 10:20 p.m., Town of Wales – while conducting a Stop DWI sobriety checkpoint, Jeffery Phillips, 32 of Evans, was arrested for DWI. During the Deputies’ investigation, it was discovered the vehicle did not have valid registration or proper plates. Phillips was released to a sober third party.
July 3, 12:43 a.m., Town of Wales – while conducting a Stop DWI sobriety checkpoint, a vehicle approaching the checkpoint area suddenly turned onto Woodchuck Road. At this point a Deputy, posted near the roadway with a safety vest and lights, was nearly struck by the vehicle. After shouting for the operator to stop the vehicle, it came to a stop a short distance away. When Deputy Okal approached the vehicle, he detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the operator’s breath and asked the driver to perform standard field sobriety test. Subsequent to failing the sobriety tests, Austin Bloom, 33 of Sardinia, was arrested and charged with DWI and drinking alcohol in a vehicle on a highway. He was released to a sober third party.
July 3, 3:26 a.m., Town of West Seneca – While patrolling Route 400, Deputy O’Neil observed a vehicle traveling southbound without tail lights and driving on the right shoulder of the road. The Deputy initiated a traffic stop and administered standard field sobriety test to Drayton Robertson, 23 of Roswell, Georgia. The operators failed the field tests and registered a BAC above the legal limit. Robertson was charged with DWI, an equipment violation, and driving on the shoulder of the road. He was later released to a sober third party.
July 3, 3:34 a.m., City of Buffalo – Deputy Soluri observed a vehicle operating westbound on Route 33 traveling 25 mph and occupying two lanes. After a traffic stop, the Deputy administered standard field sobriety tests and later a breath test. Lamar Jones, 33 of Cheektowaga, failed the field tests and registered a BAC more than twice the legal limit. Jones was charged with aggravated DWI – BAC of .18 or higher, driving too slow, and unsafe lane change. The defendant was released to a sober third party.
July 4, 4:51 p.m., Town of Grand Island – Deputy Ferrick responded to complaints about a vehicle on Love Road operating in an unsafe manner. When Deputy Ferrick located the vehicle, he observed the vehicle traveling 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, swerving from side to side and operating in the wrong lane of travel twice. After a traffic stop, the Deputy administered standard field sobriety tests and attempted to perform an Alco-Sensor test but the driver refused. The operator, Christopher Shores, 25 of Grand Island, was charged with DWI – combination of alcohol and drugs, speeding, failing to use designated lane, and an unsafe lane change. Shores was later released on appearance tickets.