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Two arrested for placing gasoline-doused car on train tracks in Ripley

A 25-year-old man and 16-year-old boy from Westfield were arrested for a July incident in which they placed an unoccupied car on train tracks with the hopes of it being set on fire, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.

The arrests of Christopher Weston, 25, and the 16-year-old came following an investigation into a July 22 incident in which a train hit an unoccupied car on the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks at the Station Road crossing in the Town of Ripley.

Through the investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Westfield Police Department, officers say that Weston and the youth poured gasoline inside a vehicle belonging to Weston and placed the vehicle on the train tracks, "with the intent that a train would strike the vehicle and then set the vehicle on fire," deputies said.

After Weston and the 16-year-old were arrested and appeared in the Town of Ripley Court, Weston was charged with unlawful interference with a railroad train and third-degree arson. Weston was committed to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 property bond.

The 16-year-old was charged with unlawful interference with a railroad train and released under supervision.

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