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Akron driver who struck deputy’s car arrested

An Akron man with a suspended driver’s license was arrested Tuesday after he struck a Erie County Sheriff’s patrol car that was stopped while the deputy investigated an accident on Clinton Street in Elma.

Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy Higgins was responding to an accident at about 6:20 a.m. when a car driven by David Zielinski, 36, of Akron struck the driver’s side mirror of deputy’s patrol car without stopping. Higgins was not injured in the accident.

Deputy Simon Biegasiewicz, from the Crash Investigation Unit, was responding to the scene when he witnessed the patrol car being hit and began searching for the driver of the vehicle that struck the patrol car, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

About a mile from the site of the hit-and-run accident, Biegasiewicz located the passenger car still traveling on Clinton Street, prompting the deputy to stop driver. He learned the driver had been driving with a suspended license for a previous drunk driving conviction.

Zielinski was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving without a license, failure to drive on the right side of a roadway, speeding and failure to move over for a stopped emergency vehicle. He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center and later released on $500 bond. Zielinski will be required to face the charges at a future date in Elma Town Court.