Area Residents Charged For Leaving Accidents

Two area residents have been charged for leaving the scenes of accidents.

Zachary Wells, 37, of Jamestown was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, speed not reasonable and prudent, consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated on Monday at 11:40 p.m.

Officers from the Third Platoon responded to a call of a vehicle stuck in an embankment on Chandler Street near Winsor Street. Officers observed damage to the embankment as well as gouge marks on Chandler Street leading onto Winsor Street from the rims of the suspect vehicle, police said.

The vehicle was located a short distance away from the scene in a parking lot on Crescent Street at Cheney Street with smoke coming from the hood of the vehicle, and officers rendered the vehicle safe before it caught on fire.

Allegedly Wells was leaving the scene, and when police interviewed him, they determined he was driving the vehicle stuck on the embankment, and Wells was put through a series of standardized field sobriety tests, police said.

Officers took Wells into custody without incident. He was being held pending arraignment.

Juanita Rivera, 36, of Salamanca was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, driving while intoxicated, two counts of failure to wear a seat belt and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child on Saturday at 2:44 a.m.

Rivera allegedly was involved in an accident on Interstate 86 where she left the scene of the crime. She was stopped a short distance from the crime, and was allegedly intoxicated with three children in the car, ages 6,7 and 9, along with four other passengers, police said. Rivera was arraigned on the charges and jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail to appear in court at a later date.