Town and Village of Lancaster Police Blotter
Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle-Arrest
At 9:40 p.m., patrol was traveling north on Sheldon Avenue and observed a pickup truck turn left onto Sheldon Avenue from Walden Avenue and cross into oncoming traffic. Patrol turned around and initiated a traffic stop on Sawyer Avenue.
After questioning the driver, David E. Cottom, 40, of Depew, he stated he did not have any identification on him. A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) check showed that his license was revoked for eight prior suspensions/revocations on three or more different dates. He also had a valid bench warrant out of the Village of Depew.
Cottom was placed under arrest and transported the station. He was released on $100 bail and is scheduled to appear in village court in May.
At 8:07 a.m., the school’s resource officer was contacted by the assistant principal to assist her with an unruly student in the main lobby. The subject, Nicholas M. Doyle, 17, of Lancaster, was asked to remove his hat and retrieve it from the assistant principal’s office at 9 a.m.
As the school’s resource officer approached the lobby, Doyle began swearing and yelling, “I hate this f***ing school” and was punching hallway lockers. Doyle was warned to stop his actions, but continued this behavior.
Doyle was placed under arrest. He was issued an appearance ticket for disorderly conduct and is scheduled to appear in town court in May. Doyle was released on his own recognizance. Doyle also received five days of suspension.
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)-Arrest
Patrol was dispatched at 5:36 a.m. to a report of a property damage only accident at a Court Street address. Dispatch was in continual contact with the complainant who stated that the subject’s vehicle struck two parked cars on Court Street, which were parked on the east side of the road, while traveling south.
Upon striking the vehicles, the subject pulled to the west side of the road, exited the vehicle, and began stumbling north on Court Street. Patrol arrived on location approximately one minute after receiving the dispatch transmission and located the subject walking on Court Street. The subject was in fact stumbling as he walked.
Patrol confronted the subject, Scott A. Mages, 21, of Alden, and he immediately told patrol, “Sir, I hit some vehicles back there and I am intoxicated. I’m sorry.” Mages speech was slurred and he did not appear to be in need of first aid. Mages also displayed other signs of intoxication. Mages was returned to the accident scene and was given several standard field sobriety tests. Mages consented to a breath screening test which resulted in a positive reading.
Mages was placed under arrest and transported to the station. An immediate search of Mages’s vehicle revealed several hypodermic needles. Mages stated that prior in the day he had used the needles for “pump it,” an over the counter item purchased at an unknown gas station in Kenmore. Mages was charged with DWI, operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent of more alcohol in blood, and possession of a hypodermic instrument.
At 5:28 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, patrol was dispatched to Walmart, 4975 Transit Road, for an attempt to locate a 2004 Cadillac Catera involved in a larceny from the store. Patrol arrived on location and meet with the complainant, who is employed at Walmart.
The complainant stated the subject, Peter G. Lipinski, 41, of Buffalo, wearing a black coat and blue jeans, entered the store at approximately 3:45 p.m. and placed a 42-inch VISIO TV and lawnmower into his shopping cart. Lipinski then departed the store with the merchandise without paying. Lipinski left the area.
He then returned to Walmart an approximately 5:15 p.m., wearing a white coat and a black ivy hat. Lipinski proceeded to place a blue ray home theater system and a 46-inch Samsung TV in a shopping cart. Lipinski again departed the store without paying for the merchandise.
Lipinski departed the area in the Cadillac Catera with the merchandise hanging out of the trunk. Lipinski was stopped by patrol, arrested, and taken into custody. He was charged with grand larceny and given a court date in April. Lipinski was released on $600 bail.
Driving While Intoxicated-Arrest
At 1:30 a.m., patrol observed a 2005 Dodge Caravan traveling west on Como Park Boulevard that was traveling west close along the curb side of the lane. The vehicle at the last second swerved around a parked vehicle on the right side of the lane. Patrol began following the vehicle and the vehicle was going from the curb on the right side to the center driving line and back several times. The vehicle then turned right onto Penora Street.
When the vehicle turned onto Penora Street, it went completely into the southbound lane of traffic. Patrol initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle stopped after going approximately 100-feet. Patrol made contact with the driver, Frank J. Atlas, 50, of Depew, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
Atlas had an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath and he also had slurred speech, blood shoot eyes, and very slow motor coordination. Patrol conducted several standard field sobriety tests, in which he failed. Atlas was placed into custody without incident and transported to the station.
At the station, Atlas submitted to a breath test with a result of .17 percent Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). Atlas was charged with DWI, operation of a motor vehicle with .08 of one percent or more alcohol in blood, and failure to use designated lane.