A Mayville man with an expired driver's license was charged after getting into a motor vehicle accident and then lying to police. It was the first of two accidents that occurred on Tiffany Avenue on Tuesday.
Steven Mount, 31, was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, reckless driving and following too closely. Mount, who police said has had his license suspended six times since 2004, was in a vehicle on Allen Street around 2 p.m. when he struck a stopped SUV at Tiffany Avenue.
The passenger in the vehicle, Shannon Winchester, 33, of Ashville, was transported to WCA Hospital by Alstar Ambulance with undisclosed injuries.
Police and firefighters responded to two accidents Tuesday around Tiffany Avenue within the city. A Mayville man was cited for numerous charges after his car, pictured below, struck an SUV on Allen Street, and for lying to police. Another accident on Second Street involved a CARTS bus.
P-J photos by Eric Tichy
According to Thomas Shea of the Jamestown Police Department, Winchester initially told officers she was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident. Police went as far as charging her with following too closely when witnesses said Mount was behind the wheel.
The driver of the SUV confirmed Mount was operating the vehicle.
Shea noted Winchester first told police she was distracted with a cup of coffee when the vehicle slammed into the back of the SUV. While being treated by emergency personnel, the Ashville resident then claimed she blacked out before the accident.
"We believe Mount told her to lie and say she was driving," Shea said.
Mount's license expired in 2010, Shea said. Charges aren't likely against Winchester.
Firefighters at 5 p.m. were then dispatched to the intersection of Second Street and Tiffany Avenue for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a CARTS bus. Police and Alstar Ambulance also responded.
No injuries were reported. The vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage, while the bus appeared unscathed.
No further information on possible charges was available.