Police were dispatched to the town of Sherman in upstate New York on Sunday night responding to complaints about Amish youths drinking and drag racing their horse and carriages
on the road, said Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace.
When police arrived, the kids had two buggies staged on the road ready to drag race, and each was taking up a lane of traffic. “One of the buggies tried to shift out of the way when a patrol car came and ended up crashing into it," Gerace said. "These Amish kids were racing their buggies up and down the street,"
The four youths, aged 18 to 20, were charged with underage possession of alcohol after they crashed their buggy into a deputy's car.
MSNBC said the police report from the crash said the buggy flipped over
and the horse broke free, running off to a nearby barn. Several other buggies reportedly fled the scene.
Police in this area of New York seem to have an ongoing problem with the Amish youth. This is the second of two buggying and driving incidents
in the same general area of New York in the past 8 months. In July 2011, a 17-year-old led a patrol car on a low-speed chase after the cop saw him drinking beer and driving his buggy
Maybe the police need to start a new ad campaign in the Amish community in western New York, “Friends don’t let friends drink and buggy.”