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Aggravated DWI charged after driver hits parked car

A Town of Ellery driver was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after he struck an unoccupied parked car Saturday night on Westman Road in the town. That car then hit a second, unoccupied vehicle parked in a nearby driveway.

After Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies responded at 10:33 p.m., John-Henry Johnson was found to have a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit, according to a sheriff's report. He will appear in the Town of Ellery Court at a later date.


Jamestown man who fled 2 crash scenes is charged

A 51-year-old Jamestown man who allegedly fled the scenes of two separate crashes Saturday afternoon was charged with driving while intoxicated and other counts.

State police said Chester W. Fluke initially was driving west at about 5 p.m. on State Route 394 when he rear-ended another vehicle that was making a left turn onto Stone Road in the Town of Poland.

The driver of the other car, David A. Woodarek, 32, of South Dayton, complained of chest pain and was taken to WCA Hospital, Jamestown, where he was treated and released.

Fluke fled the scene, troopers said. The second crash occurred on East Main Street at Gerry-Levant Road in the Town of Ellicott, where Fluke collided with a street sign, troopers said.

Fluke fled again and was eventually found in his Prather Avenue residence.

In addition to DWI, he was charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, leaving the scene of a property damage auto accident and following too closely.


Baby falls from moving car; Ashville woman charged

A 1-year-old infant fell out of a moving car Friday afternoon in the Town of North Harmony, Chautauqua County, leading to a charge in the incident.

State police charged the driver of the vehicle, Sonya Stratton, 28, of Ashville, with failing to properly utilize a child restraint device.

Stratton was eastbound on State Route 394 at about 4:30 p.m. when she made a left turn onto Cheney Road, and the boy fell out of the car and onto the roadway from an unsecured rear passenger door.

The boy was taken to WCA Hospital, Jamesotwn, by private vehicle with minor injuries, according to troopers. He was not listed as a patient in the hospital late Sunday.


Police find driver hiding after truck hits utility pole

A driver was found hiding, intoxicated, a short distance from where his Dodge pickup appeared to have struck a utility pole Saturday night, after skidding through the intersection of Maple Springs-Ellery and Bemus-Ellery roads in the Town of Ellery, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies reported.

Deputies and the Ellery Center firefighters responded at 10:18 p.m. to the motor vehicle crash. They found Christopher Lowery, 25, of Bemus Point, hiding a short distance away.

Lowery was charged with failing to stop at a stop sign, leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated driving while intoxicated, deputies reported.


ECMC patient leads police on chase in ambulance

Damage to a Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulance and other property was estimated at $80,000 to $100,000 after an Erie County Medical Center patient stole the ambulance from the hospital's emergency room ramp early Sunday morning, led police on a high-speed chase and ultimately crashed the vehicle.

The incident occurred at about 6:30 a.m., Buffalo police said.

Heather Sullivan, 37, is accused of hopping into the ambulance, which was parked on the emergency ramp with the keys in the ignition. She then fled the ECMC parking lot in the ambulance heading east on Kensington Avenue and reaching speeds of nearly 100 mph as she was pursued by ECMC police officers.

In a Buffalo police report, hospital police described seeing the ambulance nearly hit pedestrians and other vehicles as it passed through several intersections.

Sullivan eventually lost control of the vehicle at a Walgreens pharmacy on Kensington Avenue, near Wehrle Road. The ambulance struck a curb and came to rest on the grass.

Sullivan was charged with reckless endangerment, grand larceny, criminal possession of a stolen vehicle and other counts.


Buffalo man shot in arm in 1700 block of Genesee St.

A 22-year-old Buffalo man shot just after noon Sunday in the 1700 block of Genesee Street was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released, Buffalo police said.

The victim, Jordan Hicks, told police a suspect approached him and shot him in the arm.

Ferry-Fillmore District detectives are investigating.


Coast Guard rescues boater after vessel begins to flood

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man Sunday on the Niagara River after his vessel began flooding at about 2:55 p.m. and he radioed for help.

The Coast Guard in Buffalo arrived on the scene, near Niawanda Park in the City of Tonawanda.