Buffalo Man Who Crashed into Police Patrol Vehicle Pleads Guilty to Felony Charges for Possession of Illegal Guns and Methamphetamine Pills

Modified: December 22, 2021 4:01pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 26-year-old Mario S. Crawford of Buffalo pleaded guilty this morning before Erie County Court Judge Suzanne Maxwell Barnes to one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree (Class “A-II” felony) and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” felony). The defendant pleaded guilty to the highest count in the indictment against him.

On December 4, 2020, at approximately 1:11 a.m., the defendant attempted to flee in a vehicle as police arrived to investigate a report of “shots fired” in the area of Olympic Avenue and Dorris Avenue in the City of Buffalo. The defendant subsequently crashed into a patrol vehicle and forced another patrol vehicle to swerve out of the way to avoid a second collision. After crashing into utility pole on Kensington Avenue, the defendant ran from the vehicle, but was taken into custody after a brief chase. While placing the defendant under arrest, officers found a bag containing approximately 400 methamphetamine pills on the ground. During a search of the defendant’s vehicle, officers found a loaded, illegal pistol under the driver’s seat.

The defendant was initially arraigned in Buffalo City Court and released on bail.  When the defendant failed to appear in court to be arraigned on the indictment, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

On September 24, 2021, at approximately 12:12 a.m., the defendant was the passenger of a vehicle that was stopped by Buffalo Police on Tonawanda and Amherst Streets. Officers found a loaded, illegal handgun under the passenger seat. The defendant was arrested on the indictment warrant and charged for possession of the illegal weapon.

Crawford also entered a plea on this case today, pleading guilty to one count of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “D” felony).

Crawford faces a maximum of 22 years in prison when he is sentenced on both cases on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. He continues to remain held without bail.   

DA Flynn commends Officers Joseph Ledwin and Edward Byrd of the Buffalo Police Department for their work in these investigations.  

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney James W. Mansour, II of the Narcotics Unit.