Chautauqua County Woman to Spend 30 Days in Jail for Hitting Buffalo Police Officer in the Head with a Megaphone

Modified: January 28, 2022 1:40pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 22-year-old Savannah E. Karcz of Silver Creek, New York was sentenced this morning before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to 30 days in jail and three years of probation.

On Saturday, May 1, 2021, at approximately 9:58 a.m., Buffalo Police officers were blocking the entrance to Delaware Park on Ring Road when the defendant attempted to drive around the parked patrol vehicle. When she was stopped by the officers, the defendant exited her vehicle, hit the patrol vehicle with her hands and yelled at the officers through a megaphone. When one of the police officers attempted to move the object away from his face, the defendant hit the officer on the left side of his head with the bullhorn. The injured officer was treated at ECMC for pain and swelling to his head.

Karcz pleaded guilty to one count of Assault in the Third Degree (Class “A” misdemeanor) on October 28, 2021.

“Any assault on a police officer will not be tolerated. I hope that the victim feels that justice has been served by this defendant being sentenced to a period of incarceration,” said Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department for their work in the investigation.  

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Lauren M. Creighton and Timothy J. Garvin of the Felony Trials Bureau.