Car crashes, fires, fights, criminal mischief, intoxication and counterfeit NFL merchandise — it was a busy Sunday afternoon for Orchard Park Police, who responded to more than 100 calls before, during and after the Buffalo Bills football game at New Era Field.
Officers and EMS personnel also were kept "very busy" responding to medical calls, the result mostly of alcohol consumption and the October heat, police said.
One couple tried switching drivers to elude attention; both ended up being arrested for DWI.
Police were investigating a two-car accident on Abbott Road at Southwestern Boulevard about 6:44 p.m., involving a male driver who struck a vehicle in a parking lot while backing up. The driver and his female passenger switched seats in the vehicle and tried to leave the scene when they were stopped by police, officers said.
Driver Louis J. Mueller, 32, of Blasdell was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, unsafe backing and driving in violation of restrictions. His blood alcohol content was 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08.
The second driver of the vehicle, Ashley R. Mejia, 26, of Blasdell, slightly less drunk than Mueller with a BAC of 0.19, also was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. Both suspects were being held in lieu of bail.
Also Sunday, Zachary McMahon, 22, of Orchard Park, was stopped for several traffic violations on Chestnut Ridge Road. Police said McMahon's driver's license had been suspended "numerous times" and was currently revoked. He was charged with two counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, and other vehicle and traffic violations. He was released on bail.
Officers also responded to a call that a drunk man entered a West Quaker Street home just outside the village line and also tried to kick in the door of a neighboring residence. Lee Hampson, 30, of Kitchener, Ont., was charged with trespass and released on bail, although additional charges are pending.
In a game-related operation, Orchard Park detectives worked in cooperation with NFL officials to crack down on people selling counterfeit NFL merchandise, and they made nine arrests. Charged with trademark counterfeiting and soliciting without a permit are: Aljameen Vogelsang, 41, Thomas Vogelsang, 58, Daniel Kind, 59, and Bryant Woods, 52, all of Buffalo; Dwayne McDonald, 44, of Merztown, Pa.; and Leon Shears, 34, Ali Baxter, 42, Andre Johnson, 40, and Joseph Rivera, 53, all of the Bronx.
Woods was taken to the Erie County Holding Center for detention on a Supreme Court warrant, while the others were released on bail.