Man Found Driving Truck From Jamestown Business Without Permission Charged With DWI

A Jamestown man was jailed without bail after Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies found him driving drunk in a box truck from a city business without permission.

Around 4:30 a.m. deputies observed debris in the driving lane of North Portage Street in the village of Westfield. While searching for the source of the debris, which wasn’t identified by the Sheriff’s Office, a box truck failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled out in front of the deputies’ marked patrol vehicle.

The back door of the truck was reportedly open, allowing items to fall from the vehicle. It wasn’t immediately clear if the debris discovered in the village was from the box truck, found to be driven by 35-year-old Steven F. Kennedy.

An investigation determined Kennedy was allegedly intoxicated and he was taken into custody.

Deputies later learned the Jamestown man allegedly took the box truck from a business in the city. Kennedy reportedly did not work for the business, which was not identified, or have permission to take the vehicle.

Deputies said Kennedy allegedly took “consumable items from the back of the box truck while the truck was in his possession.” The Sheriff’s Office did not state what type of consumable items were in the truck when it was taken.

Kennedy was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI per se, third- and fifth-degree possession of stolen property, failure to yield the right of way and having an unsecured load. He was arraigned before being remanded to Chautauqua County Jail.

Further charges are pending from the Jamestown Police Department.