Area Police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department

¯ PORTLAND — A water pipe layered with heat tape was blamed in Saturday evening’s blaze at New Horizons Mobile Home Park in the Town of Portland. The Sheriff’s Department Fire Investigation Team report blaze spread throughout the undercarriage of the residence, but was put out before it cause significant damage to the structure. Four household members were displaced and assisted by the American Red Cross.

¯ NORTH HARMONY — A vehicle in a ditch last week led to charges against a Dunkirk resident.

At about 8:07 p.m. Nov. 15, deputies located the vehicle on Route 394. The operator was identified as Mercedes L. Donaldson and an investigation found her to be intoxicated.

Donaldson was taken into custody and after processing was released with traffic tickets. Mercedes Donaldson will be in Town of North Harmony Court at a later date to answer charges of driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or greater and moving from lane unsafely.

¯ FRENCH CREEK — A Clymer resident was charged with driving while intoxicated. At 1 a.m. Sunday, deputies on patrol stopped a vehicle for an observed violation on Mann Road. The operator was identified as Donald M. Miller Jr. Further investigation found that Miller was intoxicated. Miller was arrested and charged with DWI, DWI per se having .08 percent or higher B.A.C. Miller was processed and released with citations directing him to be in the town of French Creek Court later.

¯ MINA — Three Erie residents were injured last week in a automobile went into a pond just before midnight Thursday.

Deputies report at 11:42 p.m. Nov. 14, they responded to a residence on West Mina Road for a report of three injured individuals resulting from a car accident that occurred just down the road. Further investigation showed that the operator of the vehicle, Charles E. Murphy, 24, was operating his vehicle at an unsafe speed and failed to navigate a turn. The vehicle first struck a sign and then struck the end of a guard rail and then continued on its course off of the road.

The vehicle rolled numerous times and finally came to rest in a pond that was located a distance from the road. Murphy was found to be operating his vehicle in an intoxicated state. Murphy and both of his passengers — Erin K. McNamara, 18, and Sadiel O. Burgos-Cintron, 20, were transported by ambulance to UPMC Hamot for non-life threatening injuries. Murphy was charged with DWI, speed not reasonable, failure to keep right, and unlicensed operation. He will answer his charges in town of Mina Court later.

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