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Alcohol involved in crash of Amish buggy, sheriff?s patrol car

RIPLEY, N.Y. -- A Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department patrol car collided with an Amish buggy as it was responding to a report of an underage party on Sunday at 7:15 p.m.

The Amish buggies were traveling northbound in both lanes of Clymer Hill Road in Sherman, N.Y. when the patrol vehicle approached them, said the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department.

The buggy occupying the southbound lane moved aside for the patrol vehicle, but another buggy, driven by Marty Troyer, 20, of Panama, N.Y., moved into the southbound lane and collided with the car, said police. The buggy flipped onto its side in the crash. The horse separated from the buggy and ran to a nearby barn.

Passenger Marvin Byler, 19, of Sherman N.Y., sustained minor injuries in the crash when his leg was caught underneath the turned buggy, police said.

Marty Troyer and passenger Marianne Troyer, 18, of Panama N.Y., were unharmed.

The driver of a second buggy, Leroy Troyer, 20, of Clymer, N.Y., stopped after the accident. The remaining buggies fled the scene, police said.

Marty, Marianne and Leroy Troyer and Marvin Byler had been consuming alcohol, and there were several containers of alcohol in the buggy, said police. They were charged with underage possession of alcohol.

Marty Troyer faces an additional charge of unlawfully dealing with a child because he had hosted the reported party, police said.

The four charged will appear at the Sherman Town Court at a later date.

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