Sunday, March 8
While on patrol, officers observed a van traveling 62 mph in a 30-mph zone on Broadway and conducted a traffic stop. While speaking to the operator, the officers detected an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath, bloodshot glassy eyes, slurred speech and the lack of motor coordination. The driver stated he was coming from a restaurant and was going home. He stated he consumed two alcoholic beverages. The driver passed his street and was attempting to turn around when patrol conducted the traffic stop. The officer asked several times for the operator to produce documents, a task he had a difficult time completing, and was assisted by the passenger. The officers administered standard field sobriety tests, which the driver failed. The operator refused to take roadside breath screenings. The operator was taken into custody, and patrol located half a bottle of vodka in his front left pocket. He was later transported to police headquarters. The operator refused to take a breath test. He was issued multiple tickets, including using a leased/rented/loaned vehicle without interlock device, operating motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, refusal to take a breath test, speed violations, drinking alcohol in motor vehicle on a highway, and a DWI previous conviction designation offense within 10 years.
Sunday, March 8
An officer observed a vehicle missing its side mirror, and while turning onto Transit Road, the vehicle failed to remain in the leftmost portion of the right half of the roadway, turning into outward driving lanes. The officer initiated a traffic stop. While running the suspect’s information, it was discovered his operating privileges were suspended for insurance and child support violations. The offender was taken into custody and the vehicle was towed.
Tuesday, March 10
Police responded to a Transit Road department store for a report of shoplifting in progress. A female suspect was reported to have left the scene after exiting the store with multiple clothing items without paying. The store’s loss prevention officer followed her to the vehicle, where he saw her inspecting clothing items she had stolen. The party, who had also gathered a large amount of clothing, left after he received a phone call letting him know they “had been made.” He was walking in the parking lot when the officer made contact. The male suspect was released after signing a no-trespass agreement. Cheektowaga Police located the vehicle with the female suspect. There was no merchandise in the vehicle. The party was identified, charged with petit larceny and released on an appearance ticket.
Wednesday, March 11
Police responded to a Broadway grocery store for a hit-and-run complaint. A witness stated a vehicle backed up into a different vehicle and left the scene. Police made contact with the registered owner and operator of the striking vehicle, and he admitted to driving his vehicle in the parking lot. He stated he thought he backed into a shopping cart rack. The driver was issued uniform traffic tickets.
(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.)