Area police

Howard Roberts

Police say drunk man flees accident

¯ GERRY — A Cassadaga man is accused of being drunk and fleeing a motor vehicle accident.

Howard Roberts, 74, of Cassadaga was arrested for driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident Wednesday. According to the New York State Police, Roberts was driving north on Route 60 in Gerry when he entered the southbound lane. A southbound vehicle pulling a trailer attempted to take evasive action but a collision was unable to be avoided.

Following the collision, troopers said Roberts then turned around, fled the scene and drove south on Route 60, followed by Good Samaritans that witnessed the accident.

Roberts’ vehicle became disabled in a parking lot and soon afterward troopers, Chautauqua County EMS and the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene.

Sienna Swanson

After determining Roberts was intoxicated, troopers arrested him. Roberts was then transported to UPMC Hospital in Jamestown and a blood sample was secured.

The driver of the other vehicle was also treated at UPMC Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Upon his release from the hospital, Roberts was processed at State Police in Jamestown, issued tickets, and is scheduled to appear in the town of Gerry Court next month.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ WESTFIELD — Kevin J. Kelley, 55, of Westfield was arrested Thursday on three counts of second degree criminal contempt. Deputies responded to a call for an unwanted male at a residence on South Portage Street in Westfie

ld, where they found Kelley in the basement. Further investigation found that Kelley was in violation of an active order of protection against three people at the residence. Kelley was taken into custody, then transported to Chatauqua County Jail to be arraigned.

NY State Police

¯ JAMESTOWN — On March 4, troopers pulled over a vehicle on Route 60 for traffic violations. Troopers arrested the passenger, Sienna Swanson, 25, of Jamestown, for second-degree criminal contempt, after a DMV check allegedly revealed the victim (the driver) had a stay-order against Swanson. The victim was issued traffic tickets and released. Swanson was processed at State Police Jamestown and transported to Chautauqua County Jail.

¯ FINDLEY LAKE — On Monday, troopers pulled over a vehicle on I-86 for a traffic violation. While speaking to the occupants, troopers allegedly smelled marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle and its occupants allegedly revealed that James Doke, 50, of Frankfort, Indiana, was in possession of a jar containing 35 grams of marijuana and three marijuana cigarettes, and Jacob Thatcher, 21, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was in possession of a bottle containing 15 grams of marijuana.

Doke was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and arrested. Thatcher was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, issued an appearance ticket and a traffic ticket and was released.

Doke was transported to State Police Jamestown, processed and issued an appearance ticket.

Evans Police

¯ On Feb. 25 at roughly 7 p.m., Joseph S. Hoddick, 32, of Evans, turned himself in on a warrant to be booked for town court. During booking, an officer observed that Hoddick also had an outstanding warrant from the Lackawanna Police Department. Hoddick was turned over to Lackawanna police without incident.

¯ On Feb. 26 at approximately 2:45 a.m., patrol observed a suspicious vehicle at the Tops on Erie Road. Patrol observed the operator, Kyle A. Bihn, 20, of Curtice, Ohio, and made contact with him. Patrol noted that Bihn allegedly had impaired motor coordination and speech and additionally noticed a marijuana bowl sitting on the center console, along with a clear box full of medication bottles. Patrol asked Bihn to step out of the vehicle, noting a strong odor of marijuana was coming from inside. When Bihn stepped out of the vehicle, he was reportedly stumbling. Patrol asked Bihn if he’d been drinking, which Bihn denied, but admitted he’d been smoking marijuana and taking his prescription prior.

Patrol administered several SFSTs, which Bihn reportedly failed. Bihn was taken into custody and charged with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs — first offense. Bihn then consented to a blood/urine test at ECMC and is being held at Evans lock-up pending arraignment in Evans Town Court.

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