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Driver, passenger charged after vehicle flees Clarence traffic stop

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies charged two people on Monday night after a Clarence man drove away from a traffic stop.

A deputy stopped a vehicle driven by Michael Sawyer at about 10 p.m. on Shimverville Road in Clarence after Sawyer’s vehicle passed with inadequate lighting.

When the deputy stepped out of his car, Sawyer drove away and passed a stop sign. His vehicle was also seen swerving and driving over curbs by the deputy, who began following it.

Near the corner of Conner and County roads, Sawyer’s vehicle slowed down and two people jumped out. They were taken into custody and deputies cut off pursuit.

Sawyer, 26, was located at his home with Anastasia Devoso, who was a passenger in the vehicle, by Lancaster Police.

Deputies charged Sawyer with resisting arrest, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation, obstruction of governmental administration and several vehicle and traffic violations. Devoso, 21, was charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument and released with appearance tickets.

The two passengers who jumped from the vehicle were not charged.