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A 19-year-old Perry resident was seen attempting to inject himself with drugs while driving on the Niagara Thruway earlier this week, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office reported today.

The teen and a passenger, also from Perry, subsequently were arrested on multiple charges.

Detectives were driving to Buffalo in an unmarked car at about 7 p.m. Monday when they saw a northbound car being driven erratically, Sheriff Tim Howard reported. They saw the driver “tying off” his arm to prepare for an injection, then attempting to “load” a hypodermic needle.

Meanwhile, the front seat passenger was attempting to steer the car, Howard said.

When the detectives tried to pull over the car, the driver kept going for another mile or more, Howard said. The car eventually pulled over and detectives had to subdue the driver, who refused to walk to the back of the car.

A hypodermic needle and a plastic measuring spoon, both of which contained drug residue, was confiscated from the car. The two young men admitted they were heading into Buffalo to buy cocaine to inject, Howard said.

The driver’s name was withheld by the sheriff because he may be eligible for youthful offender status. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument and reckless driving.

The passenger, Brandon Lisena, 20, was charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle. He was taken to the county Holding Center, pending arraignment.

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