An Orchard Park man who fled from a stolen vehicle and was later captured early Saturday in Marilla may lose all or part of his right foot from frostbite, authorities said.
Jeffrey Munro, 29, of Jewett Holmwood Road, abandoned the stolen automobile after he crashed it on Three Rod Road at about 6:50 a.m., according to Erie County Sheriff's Department deputies, who began a search fearing that the driver of the mangled vehicle might be seriously injured.
After a two-hour air and ground search, Detective Art Litzinger, a passenger in the Air One helicopter piloted by Capt. Kevin Caffery, spotted footprints leading into a sugar shanty on Four Rod Road.
Caffery landed the chopper near the structure, and Litzinger was joined by Deputies Kevin Loftus and Louis Billittier, who approached the building.
As Litzinger opened the door, Munro bolted out, but was soon captured at 8:48 a.m., deputies said.
Munro lost a shoe in the crash and later fell through the ice of two ponds while running from them, said deputies.
"I couldn't even pat him down," Billittier said. "I had to wait until he thawed out."
Medical personnel believe Munro might lose some or all of his foot because of a severe case of frostbite, according to deputies. Munro was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he spent most of Saturday in the emergency room. His condition was described as stable. His injuries from the crash were relatively minor, police added.
Munro faces numerous charges, including theft of a motor vehicle, obstructing justice, and vehicle and traffic infractions.