Auburn police name drivers responsible for 2 separate Friday night crashes

The Auburn Police Department has released the names of two drivers who were involved in two separate car crashes Friday night after running through a police sobriety checkpoint set up on Arterial West and Fulton Street.

Joseph E. Nichols, 3 Mundt Ave., Auburn, and Michael J. DeMarco Jr., 172 Genesee St., Skaneateles, were both arrested on multiple charges following the crashes, which occurred less than an hour apart.

First, at around 9:30 p.m., Nichols approached the checkpoint set up by police and drove over the median on the Arterial to avoid being stopped, police said. Police pursued the 24-year-old man, who disregarded numerous traffic laws, until he crashed into the side of Live It Fitness and Training gym, located at 321 Clark St., APD said.

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