Sheriff's deputies in southwestern New York say a 17-year-old Amish boy took off in his buggy when they tried to pull him over for having an open container of beer, leading to a brief chase that ended with the youth in custody on a host of charges.
Cattaraugus County deputies say they were patrolling around 1:00 a.m. Monday in Conewango, 45 miles south of Buffalo, when they saw the boy. When they tried to stop him, they say he became belligerent and rode off.
Deputies charged 17-year-old Lewis Hostetler with resisting arrest, unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person under 21, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, insufficient tail lamps and littering.
Hostetler was arraigned and taken to the county jail with bail set at $500.
This incident came a day before five Amish from western New York were killed in a drunk driving-related crash in Yates County. A 42-year-old Penn Yan man is under arrest after police say he was drunk when he tried to drive around a farm tractor and hit a van carrying 13 Amish people from Steuben County.
New York has seen a boomlet in new Amish colonies recently, driven by affordable rural farmland and proximity to traditional population centers. A study by researchers at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania found the Amish have established 10 new settlements in New York since the start of 2010. Total population has grown by more than a third in the past two years, to 13,000.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.