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April 28, 2014

Driver nearly strikes patrolling deputy

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — NEWFANE — A Wilson man is in trouble with the law after nearly striking a Niagara County Sheriff's deputy with his vehicle on Lockport-Olcott Road late last week.

Shawn P. Robison, 52, 2720 Beebe Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, failure to use a designated lane, failure to use care to avoid colliding with an emergency vehicle, failure to keep right and failure to use a turn signal about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

According to the sheriff's office, a deputy was conducting a traffic stop on Lockport-Olcott Road and had just exited his patrol car, which had its emergency lights activated, when he observed a car traveling toward him at about 30 mph. The deputy said he was forced to press himself up against his patrol car to avoid being struck. 

The deputy abandoned the original traffic stop and went in pursuit of the second vehicle instead. He pulled Robison's vehicle over in a parking lot on West Creek Road after observing it nearly hit a vehicle at the intersection of West Creek and Wilson-Burt Road, the sheriff's office said.

When the deputy asked Robison whether he knew he'd almost hit the deputy, Robison reportedly apologized and said he "drank too much." Robison refused a breath test, the sheriff's office said. 

Robison was held at Niagara County Jail in lieu of $500 bail. He is due in Newfane Town Court on May 6.

In a Monday press release, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour pointed out the New York State Ambrose Searles Move Over Law, which requires drivers to reduce speed and move to an open lane when possible as they're approaching stopped, parked or standing emergency and other vehicles with activated lights.

As of 2012, vehicles with amber lights, such as construction vehicles and tow trucks, are covered by the law. The penalties for a violation include three points and a minimum $275 fine, Voutour said.

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