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Homer Police Find Driver Involved in Hit and Run – Found to be Unlicensed and With Drugs

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The driver who hit three parked vehicles at Craig’s Total Auto Care back on January 11th and fled the scene, has been found and charged, the Homer Police Department has announced in a press release.

Homer Police say during the investigation into identifying who the driver was they were able to obtain the license plate number of the suspects vehicle with the assistance of businesses in the area surveillance systems.

The return on the plate showed a 2007 red Ford Edge registered to 36 year old Brian Swan of Genoa, NY. Additionally, a tip was given from a Tompkins County Sheriff’s Deputy regarding the vehicle and it having damage on the front left side.

On Wednesday, January 16th just after 1pm, an officer from the Homer Police Department saw the vehicle traveling on Southwest Street (Route 281) within the Village and with the operator not wearing a seatbelt. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Route 90, where the operator was found to be Swan. Police say Swan was also operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.

As the investigation continued with Swan during the traffic stop, he eventually admitted he was operating the vehicle at the time of the crash and fled the scene. During a search, officers found Swan to be in possession of drugs and a synthetic drug.

Swan faces charges from the hit and run of Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd. From the traffic stop on the 16th, he faces charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle with no seatbelt, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd, 2 Counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th, Unlawful sale, possession, and/or Use of a Dangerous or Synthetic Drug.

He was issued traffic and appearance tickets as a result and is due in Homer Town Court next month.

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