Minor Flees Deputy and Crashes Vehicle

Modified: April 6, 2016 10:01am


Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports a single vehicle crash Sunday morning on Lapp Road in the Town of Clarence was the result of a 17-year-old driver, with a revoked license, fleeing Sheriff’s Deputies.

Deputy Lee Richard was patrolling when he observed a suspicious vehicle in the Eastern Hills Mall parking lot.  The Deputy turned on the emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop near the Sheridan Drive exit of the parking lot and began investigating the driver’s information.  When Deputy Richard was exiting his vehicle to return to the stopped vehicle, it accelerated out of the parking lot and headed eastbound on Sheridan Drive.  Deputy Richard returned to his patrol vehicle and began pursuing the vehicle.

The suspect traversed many streets, failed to stop for an emergency vehicle, disobeyed multiple traffic control signs and markings, and ultimately made way to Lapp Road in the Town of Clarence.  While traveling northbound on Lapp Road, the operator lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree.  The Deputy immediately radioed for first aid to treat the suspect who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect was transported to Erie County Medical Center for additional evaluation and treatment.  The suspect was medically cleared and released back into the custody of the Sheriff’s Office.  The suspect was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment and is charged with seven separate misdemeanors and sixteen vehicle and traffic violations.

The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the incident.