2 Suspects Charged After Driver Races Away From Deputy

Modified: April 26, 2016 8:31am


Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies arrested Anastasia Deveso, 21 years old, and Michael Sawyer, 26 years old, both from Clarence, after Sawyer failed to stop for a patrol vehicle.


Deputy Richard was northbound on Shimerville Road in the Town of Clarence around 10 p.m. Monday night when he observed a passing vehicle with inadequate lighting.  When Deputy Richard stopped the vehicle and opened his door the vehicle drove away and failed to stop at a stop sign.  The Deputy began to follow the vehicle and observed it swerving and driving over numerous curbs.  As the vehicle approached the intersection of Conner and County roads the vehicle slowed and two individuals jumped from the vehicle and the vehicle sped away again.  Those individuals were taken into custody and the pursuit was ended.


While investigating the fleeing vehicle, it was determined that Sawyer was the operator and with assistance from Lancaster Police Department, Sawyer and Deveso were located at Sawyer’s residence.


Sawyer was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation, obstruction of governmental administration and several vehicle and traffic violations.  Sawyer is remanded in the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment and Sawyer may face additional charges after the investigation.


Deveso, a passenger in the vehicle was charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of a hypodermic instrument and was released on appearance tickets.


The two passengers who jumped from the vehicle were not charged.