Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter
Driving While Intoxicated
Patrol was sitting stationary at 4:48 a.m. in the parking lot of Consumer Beverages on Como Park Boulevard running radar when a black pickup truck was observed traveling east on Como Park Boulevard traveling 46 MPH in a 30 MPH zone.
Patrol pursued the pickup truck on Como Park to Aurora Street where the vehicle made a left turn onto Aurora Street. At this time, patrol activated the emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop.
The offender, Daniel K. Aquilio, 26, of Lancaster, was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was identified by his New York State driverís license. While speaking to Aquilio, patrol observed impaired motor coordination, impaired speech, glassy eyes, and the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath.
Aquilio was given several standard field sobriety tests on scene and submitted a positive breath screen. Aquilio was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated without incident and transported to the station.
At the station, Aquilio submitted to a breath test with a result of .14 percent Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). Aquilio was also charged with operation of a motor vehicle .08 of one percent of more alcohol in blood and a speeding violation.
At 2:55 p.m., patrol was dispatched to Kohlís Department store, 4835 Transit Road, for a report of a shoplifter in custody. The complainant, the Kohlís loss prevention supervisor, stated she observed the subject, Chao W. Li, 17, of Alden, take several items, place them in his pockets, and walk out of the store. He was confronted and taken to the loss prevention office.
Patrol took custody of Li and transported him to the station where he was charged with petit larceny. The items stolen included one pair of sneakers, a sweatshirt, two necklaces, and earrings, valued at $264.99.
Vehicle Traffic Law
While patrol was traveling north on Transit Road at 4:40 a.m. a 2002 Ford Explorer plates were ran and it was revealed there was no insurance in effect. A traffic stop was conducted at which time the vehicle was observed having a current inspection.
The driver, 28, of Cheektowaga, was issued tickets for operation of a motor vehicle without inspection certificate and without insurance.
Driving While Intoxicated
At 5:10 p.m., patrol observed a red Dodge with its license plate obstructed by a metal barrel attached to the trailer hitch. Patrol initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the rear parking lot of 4725 Transit Road.
The vehicle stopped and while doing so struck the curb.
During a conversation with the operator, Ryan R. Knox, 28, of Cheektowaga, glassy eyes, impaired speech, and impaired motor coordination were all immediately noticeable.
After the performance and failure of several field sobriety tests and a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) screen of .14 percent BAC, Knox was arrested for DWI, operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood, and registration plate display violation.
Knox was transported to the station where he submitted to a chemical breath test with a .12 percent BAC result. He is scheduled to appear in town court in January.
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
At 10:15 p.m., patrol was dispatched to 79 Banner Ave., for a report of a person slumped over the wheel of a vehicle in the roadway. Upon arrival, patrol observed a red Ford parked on the east side of Banner Avenue with a female slumped over the wheel.
Patrol knocked on the window and the female, later identified to be Dana M. Nowakowski, 33, of Lancaster, woke up and quickly exited the vehicle with a marijuana cigarette in her mouth. Patrol then observed a small baggie containing a pill, which Nowakowski admitted to be hydrocodone.
Nowakowski was arrested for controlled substance in non original container, unlawful possession of marijuana, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. During a search subsequent to arrest, a bag of marijuana was found inside a cigarette case in her left pocket.
Nowakowski was transported to the station.
Patrol responded at 9:02 a.m. to a Sturm Street address regarding a larceny of a garbage can sometime overnight by an unknown person (s). The complainant reported she last saw the garage can around 5 p.m. last night and noticed it missing on this date.
She stated her garbage bag that was in the can was placed on the side of the road. The value of the can was listed at $10.
Arrest on Warrant
At approximately 9:45 a.m., patrol was querying license plates of vehicles, which were parked in the parking lot of the Motel 6, located at 52 Freeman Drive.
Patrol queried a 2004 Chrysler Concorde and EMPIRE indicated that the registered owner, Samuel G. Peterson, 45, of Buffalo, has an outstanding arrest warrant. The warrant was for traffic charges from the New York State University Police-Buffalo State College.
The motel clerk advised that Peterson was registered in room No. 319. Dispatch verified the warrant. Patrols responded to the room and took Peterson into custody. Patrol transported Peterson to the Erie Community College North campus where custody of Peterson was turned over to an officer of the New York State University Police.
There was no further action by patrol.