High speed chase trio arraigned on drug, weapons charges

John Christensen

Following a late night car chase, an off-road wreck, and a confrontation with police in early January, three people arrested for weapons and drug charges were arraigned last week in Yates County Criminal Court before Judge Jason L. Cook. 

BRADLEY ZADUL, 40, of Niagara Falls, JESSICA OWEN, 31, of Umatilla, Fla. and CHARLES BUCHANAN, 38, of Penn Yan, were arrested at the end of that high speed pursuit through Penn Yan at 2:34 a.m. Jan. 2, and were later indicted by a grand jury. 

Police say they observed Zadul leaving a suspected drug location in Penn Yan driving an uninspected vehicle. They stopped him for the violation at East Elm and Main Streets, but as officers approached the vehicle, Zadul fled the stop. They pursued Zadul through the village north on Rte. 14A into Benton at speeds over 100 mph, turning east on Buckle Road and to North Flat Street where Zadul left the roadway and attempted to drive through a farmer’s field in a small Mazda wagon. Zadul broke through an electric fence and struck a barn before driving into a ditch. Zadul attempted to flee on foot and was tasered by Yates County Sheriff’s Deputies who were assisting in the pursuit. Zadul and his passengers, Buchanan and Owen, were all taken into custody.

While searching Zadul, PYPD located a loaded .25 caliber handgun in his waistband, and a sheath knife on his belt. Officers also located a sawed-off 20 gauge shotgun in the vehicle that had the serial number defaced, along with several bags of suspected methamphetamine and marijuana. Zadul’s vehicle was impounded, and a further search revealed a .22 caliber revolver, along with numerous bags of marijuana seeds, over $1,100 in cash, a baton, knives, and drug paraphernalia. Police also located a full Kingsmen Motorcycle Club vest along with numerous Kingsmen patches, and say Zadul appears to be a member of the Kingsmen, which has been involved in criminal activity in Western New York and has chapters in other states.

Zadul, who is a convicted felon prohibited from possessing firearms, pled not guilty to numerous charges from the incident; two counts of 2nd degree criminal possession of a weapon (class C felony), three counts of 3rd degree criminal possession of a weapon (class D felony), unlawfully fleeing police, resisting arrest, DWAI by drugs, 3rd degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and speeding. He faces further charges for the drugs found in the vehicle, pending lab results for analysis and weight. 

Zadul was originally held on no bail due to having three or more prior felony convictions. Cook set bail at $30,000 cash, $60,000 secured bond, or $80,000 partially secured bond. Zudul also has three active warrants from other Law Enforcement agencies, and may face more charges related to orders of protection. District Attorney Todd Casella has discussed the case with U.S. Attorneys, and federal charges may be pending.

Buchanan and Owen both pled not guilty to charges of 2nd degree criminal possession of a loaded weapon (C felony) and 3rd degree criminal possession of a weapon (D felony). Owen was remanded on $10,000 bail or $15,000 fully secured bond or $20,000 partially secured bond. Buchanan was remanded on $5,000 bail or $10,000 fully secured bond or $15,000 partially secured bond. All cases are set on the 45-day motion calendar.

Other cases heard last week:

Damon Walker, 28, who was scheduled for trial this week on charges of 2nd degree arson (class C felony), 3rd degree criminal mischief (E felony), and 2nd degree reckless endangerment (class A misdemeanor), accepted a plea bargain for the E felony alone in exchange for a promised sentence of 1 year in jail, $729.10 in restitution, plus surcharges and fees. He will be sentenced April 21.

Neil Hall, 37, appeared for arraignment on failure to register an online account as a sex offender (class E felony). He pled not guilty, and bail was set at $200 cash, $400 bond, or $600 partial bond. He remains in jail, however, serving 21 months for a parole violation.

Gregg Conley, 59, pled not guilty at his arraignment for DWI with two prior convictions (D felony) and DWI with a .08% BAC or greater (E felony). He was released to reappear.

Jamie Lovejoy, 43, pled not guilty to 1st degree aggravated unlicensed operation (E felony) and two counts of misdemeanor DWI. He was released to reappear.