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Girl faces charges in theft of patrol car

A teenage girl appeared in City Court in tears Wednesday, facing felony charges in connection with stealing a police car Friday.

Meanwhile, her 33-year-old companion faced felony charges for allegedly attacking a city police officer.

Samantha J. Danley, 16, of Genesee Street, is charged with being an unlicensed driver, criminal mischief, felony possession of a weapon (for the high-powered rifle in the patrol car) and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Danley remains in Niagara County Jail on $10,000 bail. Her case was sent to a grand jury.

Danley was a passenger in a car driven by Seraka J. Green, 33, of Lincoln Place, police said. Green fled the car after Officer Kevin Lucinski stopped him for having improper license plates, just after 2 a.m. on Gooding Street, police added. Green was chased by Lucinski, who did not know Danley was in the car, according to Chief of Detectives Capt. Lawrence Eggert.

Meanwhile, Danley drove off in the police cruiser for about half a mile to the parking lot of Molinaro's restaurant where she abandoned the car but left it in gear, Eggert said. The car rolled down a hill and crashed into Expert Tire on Walnut Street, causing $3,000 damage to the garage door and $1,000 to the patrol car, police said.

Green, meanwhile, fought with Lucinski, who was scratched and punched in the head several times, police said. Green escaped by jumping over a stockade fence on Lock Street, police said. Lucinski was treated in Lockport Memorial Hospital, then released.

Green was arrested Saturday on Lewis Street, following yet another chase, police said. He was charged with resisting arrest, felony assault, having improper license plates and unlicensed driving. He additionally is charged with a second count of resisting arrest for the chase on Saturday.

Lockport police said Green, a recent parolee, is being held without bail. He waived his felony hearing in City Court and a Feb. 14 return court date was set.

e-mail: nfischer@buffnews.com

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