ORCHARD PARK — Orchard Park Police Department reports that at approximately 2:50 am, a patrol officer was conducting a premise check of a neighborhood off of Powers Road when he observed a vehicle operating at a high rate of speed with no rear tail lamps illuminated.

The officer attempted to make a traffic stop at which point the vehicle refused to stop, and fled from the officer. A pursuit ensued and the fleeing vehicle entered the 219 expressway traveling northbound from Armor Duells Road. An awaiting Orchard Park officer on the 219 successfully deployed Stop Sticks on the fleeing vehicle, striking three of the tires. The vehicle continued onto the Rt 90 interstate and exited at the Ridge Road off ramp. The vehicle came to a stop due to the flat tires and three offenders ran from the vehicle.

With the assistance of the West Seneca Police Department and an Erie County Sheriff K-9 Deputy, all three offenders were arrested after individual foot chases and returned to the Orchard Park Police Department. A police investigation revealed that the three offenders had just stolen the vehicle out of a driveway from within the neighborhood. Two 18 year old males and a 17 year old male are being held for arraignment. They reside in the City of Buffalo and the Town of Amherst. One of the 18 year olds and the 17 year old both have outstanding warrants. The other 18 year old is currently on probation.

All three offenders are charged with Grand Larceny 3rd, Unauthorized Use Of A Motor Vehicle 3rd and Criminal Possession Of Stolen Property 3rd degree. The 17 year old offender was transported to Erie County Family Court for arraignment where he is also being held on the outstanding warrant. The two 18 year old offenders are being held for arraignment in Orchard Park Town Court. An Orchard Park Police Officer was transported to the hospital by ambulance after sustaining an injury. The officer has since returned to work.

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