SHERMAN - Four county residents face charges following the collision of an Amish buggy with a Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department patrol vehicle Sunday evening in Sherman.
Police were responding to a report of an underage drinking part on Heslink Hollow Road and en route to the location, deputies encountered several Amish buggies traveling north and taking up both lanes of traffic on Clymer Hill Road. When a buggy in the southbound lane moved into the northbound lane, a second buggy moved from the northbound lane into the southbound lane occupied by the Sheriff's patrol car. The buggy and the vehicle collided causing the buggy to flip onto its side and a horse to become disconnected from the buggy.
Police say Marty Troyer, 20, of 8466 Raspas Hill Road, Panama, was operating the flipped buggy and admitted to having the party at his property. Marvin Byler, 19, of Mount Pleasant Road, Sherman, was a passenger in the buggy and was injured when his leg was trapped underneath the flipped buggy. The injury is considered minor. Marianne Troyer, 18, of 1804 Waits Corners Road, Panama, was also a passenger in the flipped buggy, but was uninjured in the incident. Leroy Troyer, 20, of 1834 Clymer-Sherman Road, Clymer, was operating the second buggy and stopped following the accident. The detached horse ran into a nearby barn.
Several containers of alcoholic beverages were found in the buggies and all four subjects were allegedly found to be consuming alcohol. They were all charged with underage possession of alcohol and Marty Troyer was additionally charged with unlawfully dealing with a child because he was hosting the party.
All four subjects will appear in Sherman Town Court at a later date.