Midday News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on September 3, 2021
A 25-year-old Steuben County man has been charged with a felony count of reckless endangerment following a two-county police chase.
Anthony Drake of Hornell is accused failing to pull over when troopers attempted a traffic stop in the Erie County Town of Newstead.
Drake then took off in his 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up heading east on Route 5. The chase continued into Genesee County and through downtown Batavia.
Batavia Police deployed spike strips, blowing out all four tires of the truck, before the vehicle stopped just east of the city line. Troopers said speeds reached about 70-miles an hour during the pursuit.
Drake was arrested at gunpoint along with a passenger, identified as 27-year-old Brittany Howland, also of Hornell. She was arrested for drug possession wile on probation.
Troopers say at one point during the chase Drake swerved toward a Genesee County Sheriff’s patrol car. State Police said Drake was found in possession of brass knuckles and crystal meth.
There were no injuries. An almost two-mile section of Route 5 was closed during the investigation.
Lawmen across New York State will be keeping an extra eye out for dangerous drivers this Labor Day holiday weekend.
Travelers can expect to see additional patrols as officers look to get people driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol off the road.
The STOP-DWI enforcement campaign is already underway and runs through September 6th.
Elba drivers: this one is for you.
The Hundredmark Road Bridge, at the intersection of Spoil Bank Road, will be closing on Tuesday for replacement.
This project is expected to take three months.
During construction the road will not be passable to regular traffic or emergency vehicles. A detour will be posted.
Chicken Wing lovers will be in their glory this weekend when the National Buffalo Wing Festival gets underway. The event runs tomorrow and Sunday Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park. Admission is 20-dollars and then you must buy tickets for your wings.
More information is available online at buffalowing.com.
The second season of high school football for 2021 begins this weekend.
The Batavia Blue Devils take on Bishop Kearney tonight at VanDetta Stadium.
One of the biggest rivalries in Section Five pits Leroy at Cal-mum – that game will air on WBTA tonight at 7.
On Saturday our coverage continues with Oakfield-Alabama/Ebla meets Cuba-Rushford 1pm at Elba High School.