Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter
At 4:32 p.m., patrol responded to a report of a working fire at Motel 6, located at 52 Freeman Drive. Upon patrol arrival, Bowmansville Fire Department was on location and reported that the source of the fire was a laundry exhaust fan located in the guest laundry room.
The immediate area was evacuated and the lobby area was filled with smoke. Upon further investigation, the cause of the fire was believed to be electrical in nature. The faulty exhaust fan was removed and numerous ceiling panels were taken down to check for fire extension.
There was very minor damage at the scene. The smoke damage was more extensive. The fire department assisted the staff at Motel 6 in purging the smoke from the affected areas.
Driving While Ability Impaired-Arrest
Patrols were dispatched to 7-11 at Broadway and Bowen Road for an impaired female passed out behind the wheel of her car. On location, patrol made contact with the subject, Denise A. Weber, 51, of West Seneca, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, seated in the driver’s seat, with the keys in the ignition.
Weber did display obvious signs of impairment and indicated that she had consumer approximately four to five hydrocodone pills. Patrol has Weber submit to several standard field sobriety tests and she was subsequently placed under arrest for DWAI by drugs.
Weber refused to submit to a chemical test until she could speak with a lawyer. She was transported to the station and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, and controlled substance in non-original container.
Patrol was given consent to search Weber’s vehicle and located a Cymbalta bottle in the glove box. The bottle contained six blue pills that were consistent with hydrocodone. Weber claimed to have a prescription but was unable to produce one. She is schedule to appear in town court in October.
Driving While Intoxicated-Arrest
At 12:30 a.m., patrol observed a white Chevrolet Pickup sitting stationary in the curb lane of Transit Road at Genesee Street at the light, which was green. A few seconds later, the vehicle began to accelerate at which point patrol paced the vehicle at 60 MPH in a 45 MPH zone.
While following the vehicle, patrol observed the vehicle leave its lane several times and drifting into the passing lane, nearly striking a gray BMW. Patrol initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and as it was pulling into the parking lot of the Hospitality Inn, 6627 Transit Road, the vehicle stopped.
During a conversation with the operator, Shawn R. Price, 39, of Utica, glassy eyes, impaired speech, impaired motor coordination, and the odor of an alcoholic beverage were all immediately noticeable. After the performance and failure of several field sobriety tests and a PBT screen of .15 percent BAC, Price was arrested for DWI, operation of motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood, moving from lane unsafely, and a speed violation.
At the station, Price submitted to a chemical breath test with a .16 percent BAC result. Price is scheduled to appear in town court in October.
Unlawful Possession of Marijuana-Arrest
At 6 p.m., patrol observed a black Volkswagen parked in the quarry off of Pavement Road near Nichter Road with the offender, Andrew M. Gonciarz, 22, of Cheektowaga, standing next to the vehicle, urinating on the tire.
During a conversation with Gonciarz, he gave consent to patrol for his vehicle to be searched during which time patrol located a bag of marijuana and a glass smoking pipe with burnt marijuana residue in the center console of the vehicle. Price was given an appearance ticket for town court returnable in October for unlawful possession of marijuana and he was released at the scene.
Driving with .10 percent BAC-Arrest
Patrol was dispatched at 10:59 a.m. for a one car property damage only accident on Genesee Street, in the area of Love Joy Church. Upon arrival, a 2000 Saturn was facing east, off the south shoulder of Genesee Street, resting up against a guard rail.
The subject, Ludwig A. Kisiel, 25, of Alden, was next to the vehicle, bent over the front passenger side, and appeared to be inspecting the damage to the vehicle. A complainant stated he had been following the vehicle west on Genesee Street since Gunnville Road, and the vehicle had left the roadway onto the north shoulder several times.
The complainant stated as the vehicle approached the bend in the roadway it continued in a straight direction onto the shoulder, spun around, proceeded to head directly south across the road into the guard rail where it spun again after impact, and came to a rest facing east.
Patrol approached Kisiel and could immediately detect an odor of an alcoholic beverage. Kisiel appeared to be unsteady on his feet, poor motor coordination, glassy eyes, and slurred speech. Kisiel was asked if he was injured and needed any medical attention to which he replied, “no” he was uninjured and didn’t need an ambulance.
When asked what happened, Kisiel stated he was west on Genesee Street and lost control of his vehicle when he drifted onto the north shoulder. Patrol had Kisiel perform several standard field sobriety tests which he failed. He also registered a positive reading of .08 on the PBT and was placed under arrest for DWI without incident.
Kisiel was transported to the station where he consented to a breath test with a .08 percent BAC result. He is scheduled to appear in town court in October. Kisiel was also charged with failure to keep right of a two lane road and operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood.
Attempt: Petit Larceny
Patrol was dispatched at 2:51 p.m. for an attempt to locate a 2004 Toyota Rav 4. Dispatch advised patrols this vehicle was involved in an attempted larceny of metals which had occurred at 495 Erie St., and was last seen east on Erie Street heading toward Alden.
Reporting officer responded to the area and located the vehicle traveling west on Erie Street. A traffic stop was initiated at Erie Street and Vandenberg. The subject, David M. McMahon, 48, of Hamburg, was detained until patrols gathered further information.
An officer responded to the address of where the incident occurred and the complainant stated McMahon was attempting to steal metal from his property, but when confronted, he dropped the scrap metal and fled the area.
McMahon was transported to the station and charged with attempt petit larceny and trespass. He was released on his own recognizance. He will appear in town court in October.