Traffic Stop Leads To Numerous Charges

ASHVILLE – A North Harmony man is in Chautauqua County Jail facing several charges following a traffic stop in Ashville.

Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies on Saturday attempted to stop a vehicle around 9:30 p.m. for a tail lamp out. The driver of the vehicle, Mark A. West, 32, allegedly made several abrupt turns to elude police.

Police said West pulled into a driveway, exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot. A female passenger in the vehicle was detained and questioned, a police report noted.

Lakewood-Busti police helped identify the driver as West, who was later located at his residence. West was found to be violating an active order of protection for the female in his vehicle.

The North Harmony man was found to be in possession of marijuana, police said.

West was taken into custody and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operator, failure to comply with police, insufficient tail lamps and having tinted windows.

Police later learned West was wanted by authorities in Wayne County. He was arraigned by Lakewood-Busti police in Busti Court and sent to County Jail.

West will be arraigned in North Harmony Court on the traffic charges at a later date.