LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County’s Commissioner of Real Property was driven to a friend’s house early in the morning Saturday by a Lancaster police officer after crashing his car into a telephone pole.
Joseph Maciejewski was driving just after 3:20 a.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Lake Avenue near the intersection of Sherborne Avenue when he slid off the road and into the pole, according to the crash report.
He reportedly then continued driving and stopped a short distance later. When officers arrived on the scene, Maciejewski was alone and unhurt, according to the report.
Because his Chrysler sedan was inoperable, an officer on the scene drove Maciejewski to a friend’s house in the village of Lancaster, the report states.
Maciejewski was issued tickets for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and imprudent speed.
DOCUMENT | See Maciejewski’s police report here.
Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash, according to Lancaster Police Chief Gerald Gill. As a result, sobriety tests were not performed.
The National Weather Service showed temperatures in the upper teens at the airport that morning, but there’s no indication weather was a factor in the crash, either.
Gill said it would “unequivocally” be within department procedures for an officer to drive someone home, especially given the time of the incident and so long as the destination was within village limits.
It’s the second time Lancaster police have had run-ins with public officials this week. A Lancaster Councilman resigned from his post after an alleged DWI incident.
Late Sunday, former Lancaster Town Councilman Mark Aquino was involved in a hit-and-run crash on Como Park Boulevard. He was allegedly intoxicated at the time, and resigned his post on Monday.