Jumping on stopped vehicles leads to arrest

Tom Muscarella is Chairman of the 2009 Taste of Buffalo. We caught up with him tending to any one of a thousand details he will tackle during this long weekend. Believe it or not, his day job is with the Erie County Health Department as Senior Public Health Sanitarian. Seems like the right man for this mission!

SARDINIA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Bizarre behavior led deputies to arrest two men Tuesday afternoon, one for jumping on stopped vehicles and the other for drug possession.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office was called to Rt. 16 near Dutchtown Road in the Town of Sardinia around 3:30 p.m. on reports of a man who exited a vehicle and was jumping onto the hoods of stopped vehicles.

Authorities spotted the man, identified as 26-year-old John Harris of Buffalo, and after a brief struggle were able to take him into custody. Harris is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Deputies say as the driver of the vehicle Harris was in exited, they could see a plastic bag on the floor containing suspected heroin as well as a needle and several prescription pill bottles. Daniel Ellis, 36, of the Town of Aurora was arrested. A subsequent search uncovered two additional bags of suspected heroin.

Ellis is charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

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