Officers make DWI arrests following Bills game

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Though only eight arrests were made Sunday during the Buffalo Bills home opener, Orchard Park Police say they were called multiple times throughout the day for everything from fights, to thefts from vehicles, vandalism and led behavior.

The first arrests came just before 3 p.m. at a private lot on Southwestern Boulevard, where police say 18-year-old Jessica Alvira of Buffalo and 18-year-old Thomas Judasz of Elma were caught breaking into vehicles. The pair were found to have much of the stolen property and were charged with fourth and fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under age 21.

During those arrests, two others, 19-year-old Nicholas Keane and a 17-year-old male, both from Buffalo, were charged with second degree obstruction of governmental administration and disorderly conduct. Police say both teens refused to leave the officers alone, attempted to impede the investigation, and repeatedly swore at officers. The 17-year-old is also charged with unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under age 21.

Just before 5 p.m., officers arrested a man from East Rochester who they say fled the scene after hitting a pedestrian on Southwestern Boulevard. The heavy traffic made it difficult for police to reach the scene, but a witness followed the vehicle down Milestrip, Angle Road, Michael Road, Southwestern Boulevard and Transit Road, enabling officers to catch up and box the suspect in. Mark Spade, 54, was taken into custody and charged with DWI, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and other vehicle and traffic violations. The pedestrian was treated by EMS personnel and sought his own follow-up care.

About an hour and a half later, officers were called to Southwestern Boulevard again when a vehicle was struck. The victim and two witnesses followed the suspect into the village as the suspect tried to lose them on side streets. Officers caught up to Toni Ventrilla and cornered her. The 26-year-old Lewiston woman was arrested and charged with DWI, leaving the scene of an accident and other vehicle and traffic violations. Police say her BAC was .24 percent.

A Cheektowaga man was taken into custody after a License Plate Reader found his registration was suspended around 10 p.m. In addition, police say 26-year-old Cory Gibson was driving on a suspended license. He was released on bail.

Finally, just before 11 p.m., a man standing beside a motorcycle in the middle of Armor Duells Road told officers he was lost and attempting to find a resident to buy power tools. Though he said he didn’t have ID, police were able to identify the motorcyclist as 31-year-old Raymond Richards of Niagara Falls and that his driver’s license was expired. Police say he also had no motorcycle license, his motorcycle was not inspected, and he did not have a proper helmet. He was arrested and later released on bail.

The Bills take on the Chargers next Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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