Traffic stop for hanging plate leads to alcohol, drug charges

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 20-year-old faces alcohol and drug-related charges after a traffic stop in Clarence.

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle on Harris Hill Road late Thursday night after noticing its front license plate hanging toward the roadway. The vehicle was being driven by Clarence resident Timothy Cullinan, 20.

Deputies say they detected the smell of alcohol during the stop. Along with this, authorities say they found a controlled substance that was not in its original prescription container.

Cullinan was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful alcohol possession, having a controlled substance in a non-original container and one other violation.

He was released on appearance tickets. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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