City man injured in drunk-driving accident arrested
IRVING - Erie County Sheriff's deputies say drunk driving was the cause of a one car injury accident on Milestrip Road on the Seneca Indian Reservation Sunday morning.
The driver, 21-year-old Jeremy Long of Dunkirk, was traveling east on Milestrip Road when he allegedly slammed into a guardrail on the south side of the road before a curve in the road. He continued on to the north side of the road, slamming into another guardrail and rolling over onto a tree.
Long was partially ejected from the vehicle, while a passenger in the vehicle, 20-year-old Reuben Vanevery of Irving, was found at the scene having been completely ejected. Officials say that neither man was wearing a seatbelt. Mercy Flight arrived on scene to take both men to ECMC with serious injuries.
Long, listed in serious condition, was arrested and charged at ECMC Sunday afternoon with driving while intoxicated and various other traffic infractions. Vanevery is listed in critical condition. The incident is still undergoing further investigation.
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office
Valerie Varner, 51, of Greenhurst was charged Dec. 19 with driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operation, driving an uninspected vehicle and failure to maintain lane. She will appear in the Town of Ellery Court on a later date.
On Thursday at 3:40 p.m. on East Main Street in Portland, a vehicle operated by 23-year-old Nicole Lanphere of Harmon Avenue in Brocton struck a snow bank after the driver's side front tire came off the vehicle and she was unable to steer. Lanphere and her passenger, 30-year-old Lauren Burdick, were taken to Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk for minor injuries.
Occupants Joshua D. Wiltsie, 19, and Michael Bunnell, 20, both of Silver Creek, were issued appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Hanover court for possessing the alcohol, since they were under 21 years old.
Simmons was processed and released on an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Dunkirk Town Court.