BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A simple stop for a seat belt violation in Buffalo turned into a high speed chase along Scajaquada Street and ended with a crash on Colorado Street and three arrests.
State Police working as part of the Buffalo Strike Force stopped Reno Sayles of Cheektowaga for not wearing a seatbelt. Troopers say they could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle, and directed the 23-year-old to exit the vehicle.
But authorities say Sayles refused to comply, and the front seat passenger, 32-year-old Demetriese Oaks of Buffalo, shifted the vehicle into gear. Police say Oaks and back seat passenger, 23-year-old Curtis Hager of Buffalo, shouted for Sayles to hit the gas.
Troopers rushed back to their vehicle as Sayles sped away, calling for backup. But the high speed chase was short lived. Authorities say while making the turn onto Colorado Street at a high rate of speed, Sayles crashed into a pole, and his vehicle became disabled.
State Police, with assistance from Buffalo Police, took the three suspects into custody without further incident. Inside the vehicle, troopers say they found a loaded, defaced weapon.
Police say Sayles and Oaks are both on parole for robbery, and Hager has three active warrants, two for vehicle and traffic infractions and a third for criminal possession of a controlled substance.
All three suspects are charged with criminal possession of a loaded weapon, criminal possession of a defaced weapon, second degree obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. Sayles was additionally charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer as well as several vehicle and traffic infractions.
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