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Amherst motorist accused of striking two vehicles before fleeing

An Amherst motorist is accused of striking two vehicles – a minivan and a Coca-Cola truck – Wednesday afternoon on Millersport Highway before driving off and causing more mayhem, town police reported.

Julie Ann Smith, 43, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and other traffic offenses after the incident, which was reported at 12:13 p.m.

Police said Smith struck the vehicles near 3965 Millersport then fled south in her 2013 Ford at a high rate of speed in the wrong direction, nearly striking head-on a northbound motorist who had to swerve out of the way.

Smith then crossed over to the south lane, went off the road, hit a mailbox post at 2750 Millersport and drove into a ditch, according to police.

No injuries were reported.