According a Lancaster Police Department report, Erie County Commissioner of Real Property Joe Maciejewski was driven home by an officer after he struck a telephone pole and left the accident scene. The report notes that at 3:21AM on Saturday, March 28, Maciejewski drove into a utility pole at Lake and Sherburne avenues, then continued on. He was issued a summons for speeding (1180A) and leaving the scene of an accident (6001A), but not arrested.
That night, weather conditions were normal. Locals tell PoliticsNY.net that the intersection in question was not icy, either.
Tongues are wagging in Lancaster about the highly unusual nature of Maciejewski's encounter with local law enforcement. The report states he was "driven to a friend's house by patrol" - apparently noting that another patrolman happened by the scene and relieved the officer of his perpetrator. It's not clear from the report when the Lancaster Police Department became a taxicab service, or if they offer such kindness to perps who are not county officials.
The police report is HERE, and a photograph of the utility pole Maciejewski struck in his late night hit-and-run is HERE. Congrats to NYSEG for their quick action replacing the shattered pole.
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