BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — One individual is facing several charges following a high-speed accident that ended in a parking lot at Canisius University early Monday morning.
Police commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said that around 4:40 a.m. Monday, police observed a silver BMW traveling at a high rate of speed, but did not pursue. Shortly after, they came upon the crash.
Initial investigation concluded that the vehicle lost control, went into the upper parking lot, hit a light pole, went airborne, over a Canisius police car and then hit another Canisius police car, which was occupied. The officer suffered an arm injury and the driver was ejected.
While rendering first aid, the car caught fire and caused rounds to discharge from bullets in the car, officials said. They also said there was a gun call shortly before at Ferry Street and Fillmore Avenue.
The driver was taken to ECMC and was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment, vehicular assault and several traffic violations. Police don’t believe that the driver sustained serious injuries.
The crash is still under investigation.
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Aidan Joly joined the News 4 staff in 2022. He is a graduate of Canisius College. You can see more of his work here.