Area Police Reports


¯ A Fredonia woman’s incident near the roundabout early Saturday led to charges of felony driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and second-degree criminal impersonation.

Troopers charged Ashley Bass, 30, after they observed a vehicle driving east on Route 20 in Fredonia cross completely into the westbound lane, then overcorrect and drive over a cement curb, shearing a sign and continue toward the traffic circle at Route 60. The vehicle was stopped on Route 60 and after failing several field sobriety tests, Bass, who initially identified herself as another individual, was placed under arrest.

Bass was transported to the Fredonia barracks where she provided a breath sample of 0.16. As Bass’ driving record revealed that she had been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated twice within the preceding 10 years, the charge was upgraded to a felony.

Bass’ driving privileges in New York had also been revoked for an alcohol-related offense. Bass was processed, issued traffic tickets and an appearance ticket, and is scheduled to be in the village of Fredonia Court later in the month.

¯ JAMESTOWN — A Dunkirk man was charged with second-degree criminal contempt by the State Police at Jamestown after an incident Thursday.

Troopers report Karl Ortiz Martinez, 23, was pulled over on Route 60 in Jamestown for a traffic violation. An investigation revealed that there was a stay-away order of protection directing Ortiz Martinez to avoid all contact with a 2-year-old passenger.

Ortiz Martinez was placed under arrest, processed at SP Jamestown and transported to the Chautauqua County Jail. The passenger was turned over to a family friend.

¯ A Jamestown woman is facing drug charges after a traffic stop. State Police in Jamestown charged Sarah Fowler, 29, with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.

Troopers pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation on Lakeview Avenue in Jamestown on Wednesday and during the course of the traffic stop, Fowler, the passenger, was found to be in possession of a container of methamphetamine, tin foil containing burnt methamphetamine, and a scale with white powder residue.

Fowler was placed under arrest, transported to SP Jamestown and processed. Fowler was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the city of Jamestown Court next month.

¯ KENNEDY — Troopers out of Jamestown charged Gary MacKenzie, 53, of Kennedy, with driving while intoxicated.

MacKenzie was pulled over on Route 394 in Kennedy for speeding and after failing several SFSTs, MacKenzine was placed under arrest. MacKenzie was transported to SP Jamestown where he provided a breath sample of 0.13. MacKenzie was then processed, issued tickets and released. MacKenzie is scheduled to be in the town of Poland Court next month.


¯ CLYMER — A two-car accident at Route 474 and 426 led to charges for a town resident.

Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies report the accident occurred at 10:51 p.m. Friday. The two vehicles had struck each other head on at the intersection. All occupants of the involved vehicles were interviewed and one passenger sustained minor injuries for which she was transported to Corry Memorial Hospital.

Further investigation revealed that one of the operators, 25-year-old Zane Tucker had been driving while intoxicated. Tucker was subsequently charged and transported to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. Tucker was charged with aggravated DWI, DWI common law, consumption/alcohol in a motor vehicle, failure to stop at a stop sign, and failure to keep right.

He was later released with appearance tickets and will answer to the town of Mina Court for these charges.


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