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Charges pile up for man accused of speeding, making up hospital story

A Buffalo man is facing eight charges after some fast driving, and some attempted fast-talking, led to his arrest early Sunday morning, according to City of Tonawanda Police.

Robin L. Blassinggame, 29, was arrested after a traffic stop for speeding led to multiple other offenses, officials say.

Officers said Blassingame was stopped on Delaware Street just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday for failure to signal and for driving 40 mph in a 30 mph zone.

According to officers, Blassinggame told them that he “had to get to the hospital in Cheektowaga, my daughter fell down the stairs.”

Officers said that a DMV check and investigation showed:

  • A revoked driver's license for a DWI in Cheektowaga in 2014
  • Six suspensions on his license
  • A warrant out of Buffalo for third-degree assault
  • A baggie of suspected cocaine on the floor of the vehicle by Blassinggame’s feet
  • An open can of beer in the center console.

According to officers, when asked at the station about his daughter, Blassinggame said that his daughter fell down the stairs in the Town of Tonawanda and was taken to a hospital in Cheektowaga.

When officers asked why the daughter would not be taken to Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Blassinggame declined to answer; officers determined the story was false in an attempt to be let go.

Officers also said that an unknown female called the station to report the same fabricated story.

Blassinggame was charged with second-degree aggravated unauthorized operation of a vehicle, falsely reporting an incident, criminal possession of a controlled substance, sixth-degree conspiracy and four traffic charges.

Blassinggame is being held on $500 bail.

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