Man charged in connection with chaos in Canandaigua appears in court

Updated: 08/28/2014 6:01 PM
Created: 08/28/2014 11:51 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

Only News10NBC was in the courtroom Thursday as the man police say wreaked havoc in Canandaigua yesterday appeared in court.

William Lantier was arraigned this morning on charges including DWI, reckless driving and several counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

According to Canandaigua City Court, Lantier had a DWAI conviction, which is a traffic violation, in 2006. Between 1995 and 1997, he was convicted on two misdemeanor charges – fourth-degree weapons possession and third-degree assault.

Police say Lantier plowed his SUV through at least nine cars and swerved back and forth across the four lanes on Route 332.

“I thought a mad man has come through here and is wreaking havoc in Canandaigua.” Karen Hansen was stopped at a red light where the rage began. She was taking her 90-year-old father to the doctor. “And suddenly I heard a loud bang and debris flying and a man had hit our car, side swiped it and proceeded into the intersection and hit another car.”

“The damage is the mirror,” said Albert Ballatori. His side mirror is gone and the side of his car scratched. “Helpless. You're sitting there like a sitting duck and there's nothing you can do.”

Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack Manager Steve Martin said, “At first you hear something happened like that and then you saw wait a minute, that's someone we know.”

Lantier works at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. Martin said, “He was a very mild mannered individual. Been here about four to five years now, so it was surprising news.”

The big question is, what prompted that behavior yesterday?

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