Dunkirk man charged
HANOVER - Saturday at 3:45 a.m., Eladio Merced of Courtney Street in Dunkirk was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a business on Routes 5 and 20 for a male passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle while in the drive-through line.
Upon arrival, the officers reportedly found a male, later identified as Merced, asleep behind the wheel of his running vehicle. Allegedly he was intoxicated.
He was taken into custody, arraigned in the Town of Hanover Court, and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail.
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office
Around 1:50 a.m., sheriff's patrol observed a vehicle driving erratically on Route 394. After observing multiple traffic infractions, officers stopped the vehicle and the operator was identified as Robert F. Lynch, 43, of New York City. Following an investigation, Lynch was arrested for driving while impaired by drugs.
At the time of his arrest, it is alleged he was in possession of a hypodermic needle and was charged with illegal possession of a hypodermic needle.
A passenger in the vehicle, Emily C. Aronoff, 29, also of New York City, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
Aronoff was cited and released. Lynch was taken into custody and later released following a chemical test. Both are to appear in Chautauqua Court.
Around 10:55 p.m., sheriff's patrol observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the road on Redding Road in the town of French Creek. As deputies approached the vehicle, a female was observed outside the vehicle, apparently arguing with a male operator.
The operator was identified as Jeffry T. Legters, 27, of Clymer. He was found to be operating the vehicle in an intoxicated condition and was arrested for DWI. He was taken into custody for processing and charged with DWI, aggravated DWI with a blood alcohol content. of .18 percent or greater, and parking on a highway.
He was released with appearance tickets.
The sheriff's office has announced two names have been removed from the county wanted program.
On Feb. 10, Beardsley was arrested by New York State Police when they pulled over Beardsley for a vehicle and traffic ticket. Beardsley currently is awaiting a hearing on his charges.