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MAN ARRESTED IN ATTACK ON SHERIFF'S DEPUTY

An Amherst man with 29 suspensions to his driver's license was taken into custody without bail Thursday after he attacked an Erie County sheriff's deputy in the Town of Holland, sheriff's officials reported.

Christopher M. Noreck, 22, of Amherston Drive, was charged with marijuana and cocaine possession along with attempted assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, false impersonation, obstructing justice, driving under the influence of drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and a slew of other traffic-related charges.

Noreck was operating a vehicle south on Olean Road in Holland when he was stopped at about 6:30 p.m. by Deputy Bradford Ballantyne and charged with tailgating and a window tint violation.

According to sheriff's officials, Noreck supplied a false name and age to Ballantyne, after which he was arrested. During the deputy's attempt to handcuff Noreck, he allegedly swung his elbow around, nearly striking Ballantyne.

A struggle on the roadside ensued between Noreck and the deputy. Two citizens, Robert Woodruff of East Aurora and Lester Lehnis of Holland, who were passing by and saw the attack on the deputy, came to Ballantyne's assistance, police said.

Ballantyne, who suffered a knee abrasion and strains to his elbow and wrist, was treated at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville. He later returned to duty.

Noreck was taken to the Erie County Holding Center without bail pending arraignment today in Holland Town Court.

Police said Noreck received 26 of his 29 license suspensions on three different dates alone, coupled with three other suspensions for traffic infractions. He was just released last month from Wyoming County Jail after serving a 120-day sentence for driving while ability-impaired, police said.

Deputies said that most of the suspension orders resulted from unpaid traffic fines. Noreck's license was revoked for three speeding convictions in an 18 month period.

His license was also suspended for lapse of insurance, the DWAI conviction, as well as 18 unpaid traffic tickets resulting from an incident in the Town of Java and seven tickets from a traffic stop in the town of Aurora, sheriff's officials said.

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