Major Carla A. DiRienzo
Troop T Commander
Buffalo, NY – On December 9, 2021, at approximately 1:00 a.m., State Police stopped a vehicle on Broadway St. in the city of Buffalo for multiple vehicle and traffic violations. The driver of the vehicle, Warren Hardy, 59, of Buffalo, NY, was found to be intoxicated. While interviewing the occupants, Troopers observed a Davis Industries Model D38 handgun between the front passenger and middle seats. Further investigation revealed the gun was loaded with 2 rounds of .38 Special ammunition and the passenger, Vaugh T. Washington, 51, of Buffalo, NY, claimed ownership but did not possess a permit for such gun.
Both men were taken into custody, transported, and processed at SP Buffalo. Hardy’s blood alcohol content was determined to be .08%. He was charged with Driving While Intoxicated; an Unclassified Misdemeanor and released to a sober third party with an appearance ticket returnable to the City of Buffalo Court on December 28, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
Washington was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree (Loaded Firearm other than in a person’s home/business); a Class C Felony and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree (previous conviction); a Class D Felony. Washington was transported to Buffalo City lockup pending arraignment.