Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

≤ FRENCH CREEK — On Dec. 30 at around 6:53 p.m., Deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of Route 426 and King Road. Investigation found that William C. Nemeth, 29, of Highland Heights, Ohio allegedly failed to yield the right of way to another vehicle, causing the accident. Nemeth was issued a traffic citation for failure to yield right of way at a stop sign. In total, five subjects were transported to Hamot Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania for minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

Gowanda Police Department

≤ On Dec. 19 at approximately 1:04 a.m., patrol observed a vehicle on Commercial Street failing to drive in the lane, driving off the right side of the roadway over a curb, then failing to signal at a turn. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Sandra Cooper, 41, of Gowanda, allegedly exhibited signs of intoxication. Cooper failed several sobriety tests, and a DMV computer check revealed her license was suspended five times for her failure to answer a summons, and her license was revoked in 2013 for a DWI conviction. There was also a court order mandating Cooper to have an alcohol interlock system on any vehicle she operates due to her DWI conviction. Cooper was arrested for moving from a lane unsafely, failure to signal a turn, felony driving while intoxicated, felony aggravated unlicensed operation, and operating a vehicle with no alcohol interlock system. A subsequent alcohol breath test resulted at .17 percent BAC, over twice the legal limit.