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Late-night vehicle pursuit crosses counties


Mon, Feb 21st 2022 12:00 pm

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported the following:

At 2:47 a.m. Monday morning, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office communications center was notified of a vehicle pursuit entering Niagara County from the Town of Amherst. It was reported that a silver Cadillac sedan was fleeing Amherst PD after the occupants were found stealing from cars in a local neighborhood.

NCSO deputies located the vehicle westbound on Lockport Road near Shawnee Road in the Town of Wheatfield, and provided the license plate to dispatch. It was advised the vehicle was stolen. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to yield and deputies gave chase. The vehicle continued to flee patrol’s westbound on Lockport Road into the Town of Niagara. Lewiston Police Department officers assisted at Lockport and Tuscarora roads by deploying stop sticks and effectively deflating the vehicle’s two front tires. The chase continued westbound into the City of Niagara Falls and ultimately onto the New York State Power Authority property in the Town of Lewiston. At this point, the occupants fled on foot. After a brief pursuit, all four occupants were taken into custody without further incident.

The three passengers were identified as juveniles and released to their parents with appearance tickets for criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree – a D felony.

The driver was charged with criminal possession of a stolen property in the third degree, a D felony; three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, A misdemeanor; resisting arrest, A misdemeanor; obstruction of governmental administration, A misdemeanor; fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, A misdemeanor; false personation, a B misdemeanor; reckless driving, an unclassified misdemeanor; and numerous vehicle and traffic law violations. He was remanded to the Niagara County Jail, awaiting centralized arraignment, and will be turned over to the Amherst Police Department for further charges in relation to the larcenies and vehicle pursuit within their jurisdiction.

All four individuals taken into custody are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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