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Crash knocks police officer out

A Buffalo police officerwas injured Tuesday afternoon when a car smashed into the side of his cruiser while he was trying to catch up to a stolen car at Fillmore and Chalmers avenue, police said.

Northeast District Officer Joseph Doxbeck was knocked unconscious by the impact. He was treated in Erie County Medical Center for a possible concussion and was later released.

Lt. Randall Ammerman said the incident began at about 4:40 p.m. when Officer Wendy Collier spotted a stolen car and followed it a short distance until the driver pulled into a vacant lot in the 100 block of Leroy Avenue, near Fillmore. Two men jumped out as the car was still running.

Collier called for backu.

According to Ammerman, Doxbeck was about seven blocks away, heading south on Fillmore near Chalmers with his lights and sirens activated, when a civilian's vehicle crashed into the side of his cruiser, sending it flying into a utility pole.

Doxbeck was transported the hospital, while officers continued to search for the two men who ran from the stolen car.

Ronald McClendon, 18, of Wecker Street, and Alfred Washington, 16, of Jewett Avenue, were found on Jewett Avenue and were charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment and two counts of criminal possession of stolen property.

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