Erie County Sheriff’s Office
DRIVER FIGHTS WITH DEPUTY AFTER ARRESTED FOR DWI
Operator Shouts Obscenities and Attacks Deputy
Robert Manfreda was shooting up heroin
Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputy Christian stopped a vehicle on Taylor Hollow Road in Collins at 11:46 P.M. for speeding and swerving. When the Deputy approached the vehicle, he immediately detected the odor of alcohol and had Todd Edwards, 34 of Collins, exit the vehicle to perform standard field sobriety tests.
Edwards failed multiple field tests and began shouting obscenities at the Deputy. At this time, Erie Sheriff’s Deputy Christian advised the subject he was being arrested for DWI and requested he place his hands behind his back. The defendant was noncompliant and attacked the Deputy. After a struggle, Deputy Christian secured the attacker on the ground until Deputy Hyde, a Seneca Nation Marshal, and the New York State Police arrived to assist. Edwards was taken to the North Collins Substation for processing, but he refused to submit to a breath test.
Deputies charged Edwards with DWI, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct, refusal to submit to a breath test, operating a vehicle without insurance, and three additional vehicle and traffic violations. Edwards is held at the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment in Collins Town Court.
Deputy Christian remained on duty for the remainder of his shift.
Nathan Justin arrested on DWI-drug charges
Loose Xanax Pills discovered During Vehicle Search
Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputy Zamorek stopped a vehicle on the northbound side of Route 400 in the Town of Elma at 12:35 A.M. on June 28, for traffic offenses.
While speaking with the operator, the Deputy observed multiple signs of impairment and Nathan Justin, 25 of Buffalo, failed subsequent standard field sobriety tests. Initial breath screening results indicated a BAC of nearly 1.5 times and Drug Recognition Expert, Deputy Biegasiewicz, determined Justin was also under the influence of drugs. The Deputy also discovered the driver’s New York State licensed was suspended.
While inventorying the vehicle before a tow, the Deputies discovered a quantity of loose Xanax pills.
Justin is charged with a felony count of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, DWI-Drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance, not in the original container, and three separate vehicle and traffic violations. The defendant was released to the custody of a sober third party with appearance tickets for Elma Town Court.
5 DWI ARRESTS MADE June 24th to 26th
Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his Deputies arrested five individuals following investigations of impaired driving.
June 24, 2:08 A.M., Town of Elma – Deputy Hoffman stopped a vehicle on Transit Road after he observed the vehicle swerving in and out of the lane of travel. While speaking with the operator, the Deputy observed signs of intoxication and administered field sobriety tests. Shawn Shearer, 38 of Orchard Park, failed multiple field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test and was subsequently arrested and charged with a felony count of DWI – previous conviction, refusing to take a breath test, drinking alcohol in a vehicle on a highway, and a traffic violation. The Deputy discovered Shearer’s license has been revoked since February 2014 and added a felony count of aggravated unlicensed operation to the list of charges.
Shearer was released from the Erie County Holding Center after posting $500.00 for bail.
June 25, 2:53 A.M., Town of Colden – Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Dunn was dispatched to Center Road for reports of a vehicle off the roadway. Upon his arrival, he observed a vehicle in a ditch and the operator attempting to drive the vehicle out of the drainage ditch. When Deputy Dunn spoke with the driver, the Deputy detected the strong odor of alcohol and proceeded to administer standard field sobriety tests. John Goldfinch, 44 of Orchard Park, failed the sobriety tests and a breath test indicated a BAC level of more than twice the legal limit. Goldfinch was arrested and charged with Aggravated DWI and two vehicle and traffic violations. The defendant was released with appearance tickets for Colden Town Court.
Junkie Robert Manfreda was shooting up heroin and then went for a drive
June 25, 10:32 P.M., Town of Clarence – Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Malican responded to Conner Road for reports of a vehicle in a ditch. When the Deputy spoke with the operator, the driver stated he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. While speaking with the driver, the Deputy observed signs of impairment and administered standard field sobriety tests. After failing multiple tests, the operator, Robert Manfreda – 32 of Williamsville, volunteered the fact that he had taken Suboxone. Manfreda was searched before being placed in the patrol car, and the Deputy discovered a glass pipe containing marijuana. Sergeant Lehning searched the vehicle and discovered a syringe and a metal spoon with heroin residue in the pocket of the front passenger seat.
Drug Recognition Expert, Deputy Zamorek, evaluated the subject and determined Manfreda was impaired by cannabis and narcotics. Manfreda is charged with felony DWI- Drugs due to a prior conviction in the past ten years, criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, and possession of marijuana. The defendant was released on appearance tickets for Clarence Town Court.
Maybe he thinks he’s Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, the baddest man in the whole damn town!
Michael Holmes: a bad ass with a foul mouth threatened deputy during DWI arrest
June 26, 2:01 A.M., Town of Sardinia – A local fire chief called the Erie County Sheriff’s Dispatchers to report a vehicle off the road, with the operator still in the vehicle along Matteson Corners Road. Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Girdler arrived and observed the vehicle in the ditch, with the engine still running, and vomit down the side of the driver’s door. The Deputy began administering standard field sobriety tests when Michael Holmes, 32 of Sardinia, became belligerent and uncooperative, then he refused to perform any more tests and shouted vulgarities and threats.
Holmes refused to submit to a breath test multiple times, and he was subsequently charged with DWI, drinking alcohol in a vehicle on a highway, refusing to submit to a breath test, speeding, and three other vehicle and traffic law violations. Holmes remains in the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment.
June 26, 2:10 A.M., Town of Alden – Erie County Deputy Lundberg responded to an “Unknown Trouble Call” on Broadway near a grocery store. When the Deputy arrived at the area, we observed a vehicle on the shoulder of the road and performed a traffic stop. While speaking with the driver, the Deputy detected the odor of alcohol and the operator admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages. After failing field sobriety tests, Christine Harling – 21 of Alden, was arrest and taken to the Clarence Substation for further testing. A breath test result indicated Harling had a BAC level nearly 1.5 times the legal limit. The driver is charged with DWI and a vehicle and traffic violation. She was later released on appearance tickets for Alden Town Court.
MOM OF THE YEAR!
Police: Tracey Cicero Tried to Hide from Deputies in the Dwelling When Police Was Breaking Up Underage Drinking Party
Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies responded to reports of female passed out and an underage drinking party at a Coyote Court residence in the Town of Clarence.
On June 24, at 9:37 P.M., Deputy Arney arrived and entered the dwelling then proceeded to the basement where he found approximately twenty juveniles, open beer cans, and alcohol bottles. The Deputy also met with some the parents of the juveniles at the residence, and they detailed how they made multiple attempts to contact the homeowner throughout the night without success.
Deputy Klemp and Sergeant Lehning arrived to assist with the incident, and Sergeant Lehning found the homeowner, Tracy Cicero, 51, of Clarence hiding in the dwelling. Cicero is charged with 2nd-degree criminal nuisance – creating conditions which endanger others, a Class-B misdemeanor.
The juveniles were released to the custody of their parents, and Cicero was released after being processed and faces a future court date.