Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ SHERMAN — On Friday, deputies investigated an incident in the town of Sherman. Randy A. Thoms, 28, of Sherman was allegedly found to be in possession of a controlled substance and a quantity of marijuana during the investigation. Thoms was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. He is due to appear in Sherman Town Court at a later date.

¯ POLAND — On Friday at about 3:15 p.m. deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Route 394 in the town of Poland. Investigation found that Alexander Jacques, 32, of Jamestown allegedly failed to yield the right of way to Tessa Cordner, 33, of Kennedy, hitting her vehicle head-on. Both parties were transported to WCA hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Jacques was issued traffic citations and is due to appear in the Poland Town Court at a later date.

¯ SHERMAN — On Friday around 9:15 p.m. deputies responded to an address on Waits Corners Road in the town of Sherman to assist Fire/EMS with a reported medical emergency. Following a brief investigation it was found that Kelsey M. Williams, 19, of Angola was allegedly in possession of a small quantity of narcotics. She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She is due to appear in Sherman town court at a later date.

¯ ELLERY — On Saturday at around 2:50 a.m. deputies stopped a vehicle on Main Street in the town of Ellery for multiple lane violations. The driver was identified as Kay A. Johnson, 60, of Bemus Point. Further investigation allegedly found her to be intoxicated. She was charged with DWI, DWI with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater, failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely. She was released and is due to appear in the Ellery Town Court at a later date.

Gowanda Police Department

On Aug. 12 at about 7 p.m. patrol was parked on Chestnut Street in the village of Gowanda when they observed an ATV with a driver and passenger, not wearing helmets, pass them at speeds allegedly in excess of 60 MPH. Patrol attempted to stop the vehicle, but the ATV refused to stop, instead accelerating and leading patrol on a chase throughout various village streets. At one point during the chase the ATV allegedly attempted to ram the side of the police vehicle causing patrol to take evasive maneuvers to avoid collision.

Throughout the chase the vehicle appeared to be out of control at times and nearly rolled over in some instances. Eventually the chase sped through the Moose Club’s lawn, nearly striking numerous suspects and at was at this time that the New York State Police joined in the chase and identified the operator as Beau E. John, 30, of Gowanda. Once the driver was identified the chase was terminated to deter any injuries to the operator, his passenger as well as the public. A DMV computer check was run and revealed that John’s license was suspended a total of seven times from Dec. 23, 2011 to Feb. 4, 2013 for various reasons in various courts. The license was also revoked twice, once on Dec. 21, 2006 and again on Sept. 10, 2009 for DWI convictions.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on the same date, John turned himself in to Gowanda Police. He was charged with attempted assault of a police officer, second-degree reckless endangerment, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle, speeding, stop sign violation, no helmet and unlawful operation of an ATV on public highways.

He was released and is due to appear in Persia Town Court at a later date.

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