Niagara Gazette

January 9, 2014

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More charges for teen who fled Saturday accident

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office has filed more charges against the 18-year-old Lewiston teen who fled the scene of a two-car accident in Lockport on Saturday.

 Jasmine A. Rickard, 18, was charged after an accident at the intersection of Hamm Road and Locust Street Extension. She fled the area but was found at a Robinson Road convenience store. An investigation determined Rickard was south on Locust Street Extension and failed to stop at a stop sign, striking another vehicle that was traveling east on Hamm Road. The 64-year-old driver of the second car was hospitalized with minor injuries.

Rickard was charged with DWI, driving while ability impaired by the combination of drugs and alcohol, leaving the scene of an injury accident, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and running a stop sign. Deputies said, additionally, she was wanted on an outstanding bench warrant from Lewiston Town Court for a sentence violation.

Later Saturday, Rickard was charged with introducing contraband into prison and unlawful possession of marijuana after she was found with a baggie of marijuana while being processed at Niagara County Jail.

Additionally, sheriff's deputies say the registered owner of the car she was driving on Saturday did not give Rickard permission to use the vehicle and he wants to pursue charges.

This past May, Rickard was flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medial Center after she was pulled from the wreckage of a one-car rollover on Walmore Road which took the life of 19-year-old Jasmin P. Dubuc of the Falls. 

The driver in that crash, Taylor J. Clause, of Lewiston, is facing second-degree vehicular manslaughter and second-degree vehicular assault charges. A blood sample from Clause revealed a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit of 0.08, according to state police.



DWI: Brian D. Shea, 44, 7223 Woodmore Court, Lockport, was charged about 4:45 p.m. Sunday with felony DWI, refusal to take a breath test and a pair of traffic infractions. A driver on Lockport Road stopped a passing deputy to report that Shea was driving erratically on Shawnee and Lockport roads. The deputy  began following Shea, who drifted over the center line and then onto the shoulder of the road. Shea was stopped at Lockport and Mapleton roads where he failed field sobriety tests. He refused a breath test. A check of his driver's license showed Shea was convicted of DWI on April 1, 2008. 

• THEFT: Tracy R. Maracle, 43, 269 Robert Drive, Apt. 2, was charged with petit larceny about 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Staff at a store on Williams Road said Maracle walked out with a chainsaw and two wrench sets totaling $580 without paying for the items. Store staff said he was pulled from an unknown vehicle that had been waiting for him.