BUFFALO, NEW YORK – A Buffalo police officer and a church van driver were taken to Erie County Medical Center following a high-speed car chase that ended when a 15-year-old driver crashed a car into a police cruiser near Manhattan and Shawnee avenues just after noon today.
Police are considering stolen car and other charges against the teen who was taken into custody.
The police officer was listed in stable condition with multiple injuries. The church van driver was being treated at the hospital. Police would not release the names of the two injured or the suspect.
The incident began with a call about a suspicious vehicle moving at a high rate of speed in the Main Street-Depew area late this morning.
Officers stopped the vehicle but the driver sped away and within minutes clipped a church van near Bennett Village Terrace, injuring the van driver.
Minutes later, the chase came to a jarring halt on Manhattan near Shawnee Avenue when the teen driver crashed into a police car, injuring an officer but apparently coming away uninjured himself.
Police spokesmen said officers believe the car was stolen and used in a recent felony crime, which remains part of the investigation.