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Driver allegedly involved in multiple accidents facing at least one DWI charge

Kevin E. Conners

He was allegedly drunk, in a big truck and packing a hand gun.

Now he's in trouble with the law.

Police arrested 49-year-old Kevin E. Conners, of 206 Richmond Ave., Batavia, after initially receiving a report of an erratic driver in the city at 11:30 p.m., Tuesday.

A witness told police they saw a black Chevrolet Silverado heading north on Oak Street and then turn east onto Richmond Avenue.

The truck proceeded east driving over the grass parkway on the south side of Richmond and just as it tried to pull back into the roadway, it struck a parked car.

The truck then headed down Richmond at a high rate of speed, according to the witness statement, the truck blew through stop signs on North Street at Bank and at Summit. It turned right onto Ross and allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign at Ellsworth.

When the truck reached Washington, it turned right and proceeded west before the driver reportedly tried to pull into a driveway. It over shot the driveway so the driver reportedly backed up and tried again. It missed again.

The witness statement indicates the driver gunned it, jumped the curb and ran into the porch of a house at 303 Washington Ave. The truck's tires spun on the pavement and the truck ran further up the porch.

When Officer Arick Perkins arrived on scene, he approached the driver's side of the truck and said he saw the driver removing a gun from his waist area. More officers arrived on scene and Conners was ordered from the truck.

He was taken into custody without incident.

A gun was recovered from under the driver's seat. It was registered and legal, according to Officer Eric Hill.

Conners was transported to Batavia PD headquarters where he allegedly failed a field sobriety test and registered a .13 BAC on a breath test.

He was issued citations for DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or higher, reckless driving, moving from the lane unsafely (three citations), failure to keep right, passed on right and following too closely. He was arraigned in City Court and remanded to jail.

Conners' vehicle was towed from the scene.

But the story doesn't end there.

At around noon, Wednesday, Conners was released from jail under supervision of Genesee Justice. He retrieved his truck from impound.

At 12:11 p.m., police received a report of a truck striking a telephone poll near 204 W. Main St.

Conners was reportedly the driver. He was injured and transported to UMMC.

No charges have been filed related to the second accident, but the investigation is continuing.

matt burns
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Joined: Mar 1 2009

earlier in the day this fella came down prole road from rt. 33, took the stop sign at horseshoe lake road, about 80 mpg. a class act, that was at 10:;30. black silvarado. that skumbag needed to be stop at 10:40. i personally, got no use for ANY kind of drunks on my roads. mabey next time il do it differently. hate drunks PERIOD. all of them everywhere. that help .

Doug Yeomans
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Joined: Feb 13 2009

In NY state, is it a misdemeanor crime to possess a firearm while intoxicated?

Billie Owens
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Joined: Mar 23 2009

Shane and Kevin could become Best Friends Forever! At least on the surface, they LOOK simpatico.

Doug Yeomans
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Joined: Feb 13 2009

lol @ BFF!

michelle cutitta
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Joined: Aug 8 2010

Matt, you should tell the police about your sighting. They were trying to find out where he had been prior because he was missing both side mirrors. Clearly he didnt just do this 5 minutes before being seen, he was doing a wake of terror for a distance!!

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