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Randolph man on drugs drives into ditch and overturns

A Randolph man who was driving erratically under the influence of drugs tried to evade Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies Saturday night, but eventually lost control and drove into a ditch before he was rescued.

Heath E. Zawatski, 30, of Parker Hill Road, was flown to Hamot Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Zawatski had been seen driving dangerously in the Dutch Hollow Road area of the Town of Ellery, prompting several calls to police at about 9:26 p.m. Sheriff's deputies found the vehicle and tried to stop it, but Zawatski did not obey and instead tried to get away, police said. During the chase, he couldn't complete a turn in the road, and the car instead went into the ditch and turned over, pinning him.

Emergency and fire personnel from the Fluvanna and Bemus Point fire departments and All Star got him out before he was taken to the hospital.

Zawatski was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, failure to comply, moving from a lane unsafely and failing to keep right. He will appear later in Ellery Town Court.

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