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Orchard Park Police report man set on fire, pedestrians hit on Bills game day

Perhaps hoping to join the ranks of several other flaming Buffalo Bills fans on YouTube, a man fell into a fire pit Sunday morning at the Twin Oaks Motel on Abbott Road in Orchard Park before the start of the football game.

Orchard Park Police reported that, when they responded to the incident at about 11:45 a.m., the man’s clothing was extinguished. The victim was treated at the scene before being taken to Erie County Medical Center. His name was not released.

After the game, two pedestrians were struck by a sedan on Abbott Road near One Bills Drive shortly after Abbott was reopened after the game. At about 6:15 p.m., officers found one woman unresponsive in the roadway and another had her foot trapped under the tire of the vehicle that struck them. Fire and emergency medical teams extricated the trapped woman, treated both victims and transported them to ECMC. Police later said both were listed in fair condition.

The driver, who has not been charged, stopped and was cooperating with investigators.

Several arrests also were made. Before kickoff, plainclothes detectives from Orchard Park arrested Brett Farren, 20, of Buffalo for allegedly soliciting without a permit on Southwestern at Stadium Drive 5. Police said that Farren was uncooperative, leading to an additional charge of disorderly conduct.

At 2:43 p.m., officers investigating a report of a suspicious person found Darryl Roberson, 50, of Buffalo, and, after determining that he was wanted on outstanding warrants, turned him over to Buffalo police.

Police also picked up another man on outstanding warrants, Joseph McCleary, 30, of Blasdell, who was immediately arraigned in Town Court, where bail was set at $3,000.

A man on Lakeview Avenue reported at 3:10 p.m. that someone had broken into his vehicle and stolen about $1,000 in cash. That investigation is continuing.

At approximately 5 p.m., police received a report of an explosion in the area of Abbott Road at Sheldon Road, but they weren’t able to locate the source of the noise.

Twenty minutes later, three Canadian men were seen on Abbott Road north of the stadium hitting traffic signs and throwing traffic cones into the roadway. They were warned to stop or they would be arrested.

At about that same time, a bar near the stadium called police for assistance with a disorderly patron who was refusing to leave the premises. Jason Eddy, 37, of Rochester was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of governmental administration, second degree.

Police also reported that they had numerous calls for car crashes, fires, fights, criminal mischief, intoxicated persons and other criminal acts, along with medical calls, mostly associated with excessive alcohol consumption.

Also, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said the streaker who interrupted the game was charged with trespassing, and another person who was fully clothes also had to be removed from the field by security.

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