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Police reports from the Journal week of August 24

Buffalo man arrested
New York State Trooper Joseph Paolucci arrested Lawrence W. Griffis, 60, of Buffalo, on Aug. 18, at 8:45 p.m., for driving while intoxicated.

Griffis was stopped for speeding on Route 219, in the town of Ashford. During the stop, it was determined he was intoxicated.

Griffis was processed and found to have a blood alcohol content of .12 percent.

He was released on tickets and is to face the charges, in the town of Ashford Court, at a later date.

Yorkshire man arrested for DWI
New York State Troopers arrested Alex Sullivan, 31, of Yorkshire for felony driving while intoxicated, after a traffic stop on Route 39 in Collins on July 19.

Sullivan was traveling eastbound, when troopers stopped him, after observing his vehicle’s crossing the center line. He failed a series of field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for DWI. He was processed at the Collins barracks, with a reportable blood alcohol content of .12 percent.

A computer check found Sullivan to have been convicted of DWI in 2009, which elevated the charge to a felony. He was arraigned in Collins Town Court and is due back, at a later date.

Orchard Park man charged with DWI in Ashford
Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Anthony Mazariegos-Liquidano, 23, of Orchard Park on July 15 at 10:52 p.m., for driving while intoxicated under the influence of drugs. Mazariegos-Liquidano was stopped on Route 219 in Ashford, for traveling at an extremely slow rate of speed, impeding traffic.

Mazariegos-Liquidano told deputies that he did smoke marijuana and “was just really high.” He was arrested for DWI-drugs, after failing field sobriety tests. He is due back in the town of Ashford Court on Aug. 1.

Teens involved in Boston accident
State police based at the Boston barracks responded to a personal injury rollover accident on Back Creek Road near the Boston Elementary School in the town of Boston on Aug. 8.

Upon arriving at the scene the responding trooper observed an overturned, open-top Jeep® at rest on a roadside guide rail. The occupants of the Jeep were outside the vehicle.

The investigation revealed the driver of the Jeep, Ryan C. Courteau, 17, lost control of the Jeep, when he drove off the paved portion of the road and onto the unpaved shoulder. He overcorrected, when trying to get back on the road, which caused the Jeep to overturn.

When the Jeep overturned, the rear driver’s side passenger, a 16-year-old male, suffered a severe arm laceration with arterial bleeding, a potential life-threatening injury. The trooper noted that the 16-year-old male had a tourniquet applied to his arm.

Interviews of the occupants revealed an unknown passerby had stopped at the scene, saw the arm laceration and blood loss, then applied the tourniquet to control the bleeding. The man left the scene, without being identified. The 16-year-old also sustained a fractured left wrist and was flown from the scene by Mercy Flight WNY to Erie County Medical Center, due to the severe blood loss. The victim was listed in fair condition.

The driver of the car suffered a hand injury and was transported to Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo for treatment.

Two other passengers, ages 17 and 18, were in the vehicle, at the time of the accident. The 17-year-old sustained a minor leg abrasion and was not transported. The 18-year- old was uninjured.

All were properly restrained in the vehicle. No charges were filed.

Woman arrested in Yorkshire in two separate incidents
A Buffalo woman was arrested twice, in two separate incidents. New York State Trooper Kevin Wiles, who is based at the Machias State Police barracks, arrested Terilee Dodge, 43, of Buffalo, for driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle on July 24, at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Dodge was arrested in the parking lot of the Weber City Deli in the town of Yorkshire. Troopers were called there after an off-duty Cattaraugus County deputy noticed that Dodge had open alcohol containers in her vehicle. During processing, Dodge was found to have a blood alcohol content of .17 percent. She was issued tickets to the town of Yorkshire Court and released to a sober third party.

On July 25, at approximately 1:25 a.m., trooper Joseph Paolucci conducted a vehicle stop, for no tail lights, on Route 16 in the town of Yorkshire. Upon approaching the vehicle, Dodge was discovered to be the operator. Dodge failed standardized field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation.

The vehicle was towed. Dodge was processed and determined to have a .17 percent blood alcohol content. She is to face the charges in the town of Yorkshire Court, at a later date.

Sardinia man arrested for DWI
While on patrol on Savage Road in the town of Sardinia on July 25 at 8:25 p.m., Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Jones observed an all-terrain vehicle being operated on the roadway. When Jones attempted to stop and speak with the operator, John Murphy, 40, took off.

Murphy was located with the assistance of deputies Jeffrey Ely, Donald Hoelscher and the New York state police. Upon further investigation, Murphy was found to be intoxicated and taken into custody. He refused to submit to a chemical breath test and was charged with multiple ATV vehicle and traffic charges, including felony aggravated unlicensed operation and felony DWI. The charge rose to a felony level due to two prior DWI convictions, one in November 2010 and one in December 2010.

Murphy was released to a third party on uniform traffic tickets, returnable to the town of Sardinia Court, at a later date.

Man arrested for DWI in Boston
New York State Troopers, based at the Boston barracks, arrested Paul Tipton, 32, of North Tonawanda, for driving while intoxicated, after a traffic stop on Route 219 in the town of Boston on Aug. 2.

Tipton operated a vehicle that was stopped for speeding, 86 in a 65 miles per hour zone, on Route 219 in Boston.

During an interview, Tipton displayed signs of intoxication. The subject was given field sobriety tests and arrested for DWI.

Tipton was transported to the Boston barracks, where he was processed and submitted to a breath test, which showed a .14 percent blood alcohol content.

Tipton was charged with DWI and speeding and issued traffic tickets returnable to the town of Boston Court, at a later date.


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