AMHERST, NY ( release ) Suspect in Main Transit Fire Department damage case arraigned by Judge Klein.
Captain Patrick M. McKenna reports that Mark W. Detlef was arraigned before Amherst Town justice Geoffrey Klein on charges of Criminal Mischief 2nd degree and making an unsafe lane change. The arraignment took place at Amherst Town Court on Friday, September 2, 2011.
Detlef was transported by Amherst Police from ECMC. The charges stem from an incident that occurred Monday August 29th at 12:30am, in which Detlef drove his ‘99 Buick into the Main Transit Fire Station at 6777 Main Street in the Town of Amherst.
Judge Klein set $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He also ordered a forensic exam for Mr. Detlef and issued an order of protection for Mr. Detlef to stay away from Main Transit Fire personnel and the fire department.
Detlef was transported to the Erie County Holding Center after being booked at the Amherst Police Headquarters. A preliminary hearing was scheduled in Amherst Town Court on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm.
( here is the story from Monday 8/29/11)
Amherst, N.Y. (WKBW) - Police said it was just after twelve-thirty Monday morning when Mark Detlef, 50, ran off the road destroying the front of the Fire station causing an estimated $200 thousand in damage. Cleaning up the mess is not as easy as officials hoped.
"Right now we have an unstable building," Fire Chief Jon Kemp said.
They had to extricate Detlef, bringing him to ECMC with broken bones and other non-life threatening injuries. They also charged him with Felony Criminal Mischief. Authorities said he intentionally drove off the road but they would not say why. They also said that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
As for the building, the '99 Buick remained in place for hours to prevent the entire structure from crumbing down.
"We have to figure out a way to temporarily support the high beams then we will get people in here to see what we have to fix," Kemp said.
Amherst Police Lt. Chris Meyer said the entire ordeal was challenging because of the instability of the building.
"The area where the car is we're not real sure if the area is sound there so we had to take extra care that fire men and the driver are safe as possible. It took a little extra time," Meyer said.
It wasn't only the building that was in shambles. Two of the fire trucks were also damaged. Other fire stations in the area are stepping in if any assistance is needed. Kemp said despite the damage, it's business as usual.
"We are fully operational however we are down two pieces of equipment. We've already had three calls we're fine. We're more worried about the structural integrity of the building," Kemp said.
Detlef will be arraigned on the charges as soon as he released from the hospital.