Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that a Town of Hamburg woman was arrested early Sunday morning.
Sheriff's dispatch received a call from a business on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation stating that a female who appeared intoxicated left the store in a vehicle and headed East on Rt. 438 towards Gowanda. Deputy Jeff Hicks of the Erie County Sheriff's North Collins Sub-Station responded within minutes, and located the vehicle a short distance away near Hawk Meadow Dr. The vehicle was observed to cross over the center line well into the oncoming lane, and then cross back over and onto the shoulder. A traffic stop was initiated, and the driver exhibited signs of intoxication. Field sobriety tests were administered and were failed.
Arrested at the scene was Jessica L. Lopez, age 26, of Abel Rd. She was taken to the station where she voluntarily took a breath test, registering a .10% B.A.C. (Blood Alcohol Content). Lopez was charged with several traffic infractions for failing to keep right, and failing to maintain lane. In addition, a computer check revealed that her license had been suspended since 2013 for failing to answer a summons. This prompted an additional charge of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation (A.U.O) in the.3rd Degree. She was released to a third party on traffic summonses and will answer to the charges on a future date in the Town of Brant Court. Deputy Hicks was assisted at the scene by Deputy Tom VanWie.
Her vehicle was towed and a 12 hour hold was placed on it.
This is the 116th arrest for Driving While Intoxicated made by the Erie County Sheriff's Office in 2014.