SHERMAN - Several Amish buggies believed to have been racing one another resulted in four arrests after a collision with a Chautauqua County Sheriff's vehicle on Clymer Hill Road Sunday evening.
"This was a very unusual incident," Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace said Monday of the accident, which resulted in only minor injuries. "Unfortunately, there was underage drinking involved."
Gerace said there was "reason to believe" the buggies were racing when the accident occurred.
Sheriff deputies were responding to a report of underage drinking on Heslink Hollow Road when they came across several Amish buggies traveling north on Clymer Hill Road in both lanes.
A buggy in the southbound lane moved to the northbound lane when a second buggy moved into the southbound lane and into the path of the patrol vehicle flipping the buggy onto its side. The horse was separated from the buggy and ran into a nearby barn.
Deputies found several containers of alcohol in the buggies.
Marvin Byler, 19, of Sherman, had his leg trapped under the buggy, but sustained only minor injuries. Byler was charged with underage possession of alcohol.
The operator of the flipped buggy, Marty Troyer, 20, of Panama, told police that the party was being held at his property. Marty was charged with underage possession of alcohol and unlawfully dealing with a child due to the fact he held the party.
A passenger in the flipped buggy, Marianne Troyer, 18, of Panama, was not injured, and was charged with underage possession of alcohol.
A second buggy that stopped at the accident was operated by Leroy Troyer, 20, of Clymer. Leroy was charged with underage possession of alcohol.
All four subjects are to be brought before Sherman Town Court at a later date.