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Two charged in Sardinia incident

SARDINIA — Erie County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two individuals on various charges on Feb. 18. Deputies were dispatched to a complaint of an individual who exited a vehicle on Route 16 near Dutchtown Road, in the town of Sardinia, and was jumping on stopped vehicles.

Deputy Joe Raczynski of the Erie County Sheriff’s Traffic Bureau, was first on the scene. The male subject was taken into custody after a brief struggle and was placed under arrest. Charged was John Harris, 26, of Buffalo. He was charged with a count of disorderly conduct, for obstructing traffic, and resisting arrest.

He was then transported to Erie County Medical Center for evaluation of his unusual behavior.

Also arrested was the driver of the vehicle from which Harris had exited. He was identified as Daniel Ellis, 36, of town of Aurora. He was arrested by Deputy Jim Flowers after the deputy observed a plastic bag on the rear floor area of the vehicle, which contained suspected heroin, as well as a hypodermic needle and several prescription pill bottles. Two additional plastic bags of suspected heroin were also found in the vehicle.

Ellis was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and was also issued a summons for driving an unregistered motor vehicle. He was released on an appearance ticket and a traffic summons.

Both will be returnable on a future date in the town of Sardinia Court, at a later date. The arresting deputies were assisted by Deputy David Barbaritz and Detective Sean Hediger, as well as units from the village of Arcade Police Department.
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