FREDONIA, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man has been indicted on charges he tried to kill a sheriff's deputy.

A preliminary hearing had been planned Thursday for 21-year-old Justin Haffa, of Cheektowaga (cheek-tuh-WAH'-guh), who faces charges of attempted murder and assault.

WIVB-TV reports ( ) the hearing was cancelled after a Chautauqua (shuh-TAH'-kwah) County Grand Jury voted to indict him.

Authorities say a deputy responding to a traffic accident over the weekend in the town of Pomfret suspected Haffa was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They say Haffa pulled out a knife as the deputy was giving him a sobriety test, then wrestled her gun away when she tried to defend herself, and fled. He was arrested hours later.

It wasn't immediately known if Haffa has an attorney.


Information from: WIVB-TV,