VARYSBURG — A Varysburg man charged with driving a stolen vehicle after it ran out of gas had been given the truck by his father.

And, the man has never served a state prison term as reported in Wednesday’s edition.

Michael A. Sweet, 34, was charged Jan. 18 by Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

A deputy was called to Royce Road for a report of a motorist who ran out of gas. Sweet allegedly gave the deputy a fake name and also was charged with criminal impersonation.

The truck was reported as stolen from the city of Batavia.

Sweet’s father, Jim, told The Daily News that he gave his son the truck a day earlier but that he contacted police when his son failed to return the truck.

City police charged Sweet with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Sweet was not charged with stealing a car in Batavia but was charged with possessing a stolen car in Wyoming.

Jim Sweet said that was not the case and that his son should not have been charged. The truck “was not stolen. I gave it to him,” he said.

Also, The Daily News reported that Michael Sweet had served a state prison term for an assault in Herkimer County.

That was not the case. The Daily News incorrectly reported the term based on a review of state records that showed a Michael A. Sweet with the same age and middle name had served a brief term in state prison.

The Daily News apologizes for the error.

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