June 15, 2012- Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that Sheriff’s Road Patrols arrested four people for DWI and other charges during separate incidents on Friday night.
While on patrol in Clarence at approximately 6:57PM, Deputies Simon Biegasiewicz, Brandon Stott and Ashley Vogl responded to the corner of Salt Road and Clarence Center Road to investigate a property damage auto accident. After investigating the crash, Deputy Biegasiewicz arrested one of the drivers: Ryan P. Maher (20) of Williamsville and charged him with DWI, Imprudent Speed and Following Too Closely. A breath test revealed his blood alcohol content to be .12%. He was processed at the Clarence Substation and released on appearance tickets.
While on patrol in Lancaster at approximately 9:15PM, Deputy Dan Harris stopped a vehicle operated by Paul J. Herod (41) of Akron on Wehrle Drive for talking on his cell phone. After further interview of the driver, Harris arrested Herod and charged him with D Felony DWI (2 prior convictions for DWI within the past ten years: 2004, 2006), Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation (Revoked License for same arrests), Failure to Maintain Lane, Talking on Cell Phone While Driving, and Driving With an Expired Inspection. Herod refused to submit to a breath test to determine his blood alcohol content. He was processed at the Clarence Substation and then transported to the Holding Center to await arraignment.
While on patrol in Clarence at approximately 12:15AM, Deputy Biegasiewicz arrested another driver: Robert P. Pohrte (30) of Clarence and charged him with Felony DWI (Prior conviction for DWI in 2003) and Failure to Keep Right after stopping his car on Greiner Road near Strickler Road for erratic operation. A breath test revealed his blood alcohol content to be .11%. He was processed at the Clarence Substation and released on appearance tickets.
While on patrol on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation at approximately 3:00AM, Deputies Neil Held and Ken Achtyl attempted to stop a vehicle that was traveling Southbound on Rt. 438 that they observed traveling in excess of 100 MPH. After a short pursuit, the driver: Anthony R. LeRoy (31) of Brant pulled over his car on Lane Drive. The Deputies subsequently arrested LeRoy and charged him with Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation (Revoked license for prior alcohol related arrest), DWI, Speeding (Exceeding 100 MPH), Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Roadway, and Drinking Alcohol While Driving. A breath test revealed his blood alcohol content to be .17%, over twice the legal limit. After further investigation, LeRoy and his passenger: Rachel L. Jemison (26) of Brant were additionally charged with Criminal Possession of Marihuana and Three Counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child after it was determined that they left their three children, ages one, two, and three at home alone while they went out drinking, all while having a large amount of marihuana in their residence. The Deputies turned the children over to a responsible relative for the night, and a Child Protective Services referral was completed.