A 36-year-old man accused of trying to break into a hardware store and then leading police on a high-speed chase this morning was arrested when he crashed into a concrete wall, police said.
David M. Janosz, of North Park Avenue, was charged with attempted burglary, three counts of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration, possession of burglar's tools, reckless driving and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Northwest District police said Janosz broke the driver's side windows on two vehicles on Garfield Street, at Tonawanda Street, and then broke the window on the front of County Supply Corp., 589 Tonawanda St., at about 12:12 a.m.
When a witness pointed out Janosz's vehicle, he allegedly drove away, ignoring several stops signs and ended up jumping out of the vehicle on Thompson Street as it was still in motion.
Officer Scott Malec said he found him hiding in a yard at 100 Amherst St. and he and Officer James Hacker made the arrest.