NIAGARA FALLS — WHEATFIELD (Courtesy Niagara Gazette-WKBW)
Former Wheatfield Supervisor Timothy Demler paid a short visit to the Niagara County Jail on Wednesday after being stopped by deputies for a number of traffic violations.
Demler was stopped just before midnight on Shawnee Road near Lockport Road after deputies said they were “alerted to the possible use of a vehicle with a suspended registration traveling south on Shawnee Road.” Deputies said they located Demler’s car and followed it while they ran a check on its ownership and registration.
According to the deputies, the state Department of Motor Vehicles check of the car’s registration showed that it was suspended on March 9 for an insurance lapse. Deputies then stopped the car.
Demler told the deputies “he was aware of the suspension as he (had) allowed his insurance to lapse for a five-day period.” The former supervisor then showed the deputies a valid insurance card for the vehicle, with the registration suspension date falling in between the in-service dates of the card.
Deputies said a check of Demler’s driver’s license then showed that it was also suspended for failure to answer two traffic summons. One ticket was from Town of Cheektowaga on March 31 and the other from the Town of Pendleton on Nov. 15.
Demler told the deputies he was aware that his driver’s license was suspended, but that he had since paid the fines. He told the deputies he had receipts for the payments, but that they were “at home.”
Deputies then arrested Demler, 51, of Mapleton Road, on charges of third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with registration suspended and no inspection. They also confiscated his license plates.
The former supervisor was taken to the Niagara County Jail, before posting $250 bail.
Demler is scheduled to appear in the Town of Wheatfield Court, to answer the charges, on Tuesday.