Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the arrest of a man driving on an off-road trial with a 12 and 18 year old riding in the bed of a pickup truck.
Deputies responded to a crash in Clarence after receiving a report from an in-car crash notification system just after midnight on July 27. The driver of the pickup truck was taking two passengers for a midnight ride on an off-road trail. The passengers were traveling in the bed of the pickup when the vehicle struck a tree. The force of the crash caused both of the truck’s air bags to deploy.
During the investigation, it was determined that William A. Ellis, 51, was the driver at the time of the crash. While interviewing Ellis, the Deputies detected the odor of alcohol emitting from his breath along with glassy, blood shot eyes and slurred speech. Later in the interview, Ellis admitted to the Deputies he was drinking alcohol.
Deputies arrested William Ellis and charged him with endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. Ellis was transported to the Erie County Holding Center and is being held without bail pending arraignment on July 29 in Clarence Town Court.
The two passengers were not injured in the crash.