Area Police

Ripley man charged with DWI

  • RIPLEY – On Saturday at about 8:45 p.m., state troopers from Fredonia charged Craig Kopta, 32, of East Johnson Road in Ripley, with driving while intoxicated, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, uninspected motor vehicle and failing to inform the Department of Motor Vehicles of a change of address.

Troopers stopped Kopta on Shortman Road for no lighted headlight. Report-edly, his blood alcohol level was .12 percent.

He is to answer charged in the Town of Ripley Court on Feb. 11.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

  • KIANTONE – On Jan. 14, a Jamestown man was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI and inadequate headlights following a traffic stop.

Around 9:08 p.m., sheriff’s deputies stopped Scott Nelson, 43, of Jamestown, on Route 60 in the town of Kiantone for not having adequate headlights. Further investigation into the stop lead to Nelson being charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI per se for having a blood alcohol content higher than .18 percent. Nelson was taken into custody for processing and was later released to appear in the Town of Kiantone Court on a later date.

State Police at Collins

  • BRANT – On Jan. 7, Christopher Schneider, 24, of Lerczak Drive in Angola was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Troopers reported they stopped Schneider on State Route 20 because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt while driving. A computer check revealed that his driver’s license had been revoked for a conviction of driving while intoxicated.

Schneider was arraigned in the Town of Brant Court and sent to the Erie County Holding Center on $1000 cash bail. He is scheduled for the Town of Brant Court later this month.

  • OTTO – On Jan. 8, troopers investigated a one-car property damaged accident on North Otto Road. Jason Pawlak, 33, of Main Street in Collins reported that on Jan. 7 at about 10:30 p.m., he was driving his pickup south on that road when a deer came into the roadway. He said he was forced to travel off the road, striking two mailboxes and a road sign.

Troopers checked the scene and reportedly were unable to find any evidence of deer tracks in the snow leaving the road as he described.

Pawlak was ticketed for unsafe speed and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. He is due in the Town of Otto Court later this month.

  • PERRYSBURG – On Jan. 13, troopers charged Andrew Usyk, 21, of Conger Road in Collins for driving while intoxicated.

Officers stopped him on Route 39 for reportedly speeding and having an inadequate exhaust on his pickup truck. He reportedly failed a series of sobriety tests.

He was processed at state police barracks in Collins. His blood alcohol level was reported to be .17 percent.

He is due in the Town of Perrysburg Court at a later date.

  • COLLINS – On Friday, troopers charged Deanna Waterman, 43, of Sherman Avenue in North Collins with felony driving while intoxicated, following a minor property damage accident on State Route 62.

A trooper on patrol was notified of the accident by a passing motorist and responded to find Waterman had slid off the snow-covered highway while traveling north on State Route 62. She reportedly struck a mailbox before going into the ditch.

She was processed at state police barracks in Collins where she refused to take a breath test.

She was arraigned in the Town of Collins Court and posted $1,000 bail.