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Bad driving leads to filing of serious charges against seven

A bad right turn, ignoring a stop sign and crossing double yellow lines were the first mistakes Buffalo police officers observed some drivers make over the past few days.

Police uncovered more serious problems -- drugs, stolen property and a gun -- after searching vehicles.

Antonio Leach, 26, of Albert Street, is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, unauthorized use of a vehicle and two traffic infractions. He was pulled over driving a pickup Friday evening on Hertel Avenue near Military Road, where police said they discovered he didn't have a license and found a plastic bag of crack cocaine beneath the driver's seat and a rental agreement.

Gregory Brown, no age or address available, drove a 2009 Chevrolet Impala across double yelsevenlow lines Saturday on Fillmore Avenue at Woeppel Street, near the Glenwood Playground. Neither Brown nor his passenger, Tony Fish, no age or address available, was listed on a rental agreement for the rental car, police said.

Both were charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property.

Police said they smelled marijuana when they pulled over Richard Jemes, 20, for running a stop sign on Sweet Avenue near Sycamore Street. Police found crack cocaine, marijuana and $2,920 in his 2005 Jeep Suburban, authorities said. Jemes was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police arrested three men on weapons charges after pulling over their 1998 Buick Century Friday night at West Ferry and Baynes streets for various traffic infractions.

While patting down one of the passengers, officers spotted a loaded .357 Remington handgun on the passenger side of the car, according to reports.

The passenger, David Russell-Kelly, 20, of Garner Avenue, fought with officers and fled into a nearby yard. Officers apprehended him on Baynes Street. He is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and escape.

Also charged with criminal possession of a weapon were Amost Keith III, 26, of Clinton Street, and Fred Hairston, 40, of Garner Avenue.

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