Lakewood Woman Allegedly Drives Drunk Causing Vehicle Crashes

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LAKEWOOD, NY (WNY News Now) — A Lakewood woman is accused of causing two vehicle crashes and fleeing police; all while allegedly driving drunk. Since then, she has been released due to bail reform.  

On Thursday evening the Lakewood-Busti Police Department responded to a hit-and-run crash at the Chautauqua Mall.  

Officers later located a vehicle matching the suspect’s description. When they stopped the vehicle on East Summitt Avenue, patrol personnel made contact with the driver: Robin Rivera.  

The 34-year-old, police say, had a strong odor of intoxicants and exhibited signs of slurred speech. She also failed to provide a driver’s license.  

Shortly after stopping her car, Rivera allegedly drove off. A vehicle chase then ensured through the Village of Lakewood at a high rate of speed. 

The vehicle pursuit came to an end when Rivera crashed into two parked vehicles and a utility pole. That’s when officers say Rivera fled on foot but was shortly after arrested.  

She was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for evaluation of minor injuries.  

Rivera faces a slew of charges including unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated and a dozen other vehicle and traffic charges.  

After treatment at the hospital, police say Rivera was released with an appearance ticket.  


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