LOCKPORT – A 28-year-old Lockport man was arrested here on felony stolen car and other charges after a nearly-two hour police chase late Monday morning that began when he was pulled over on Chestnut Ridge Road in Orchard Park for allegedly using a cell phone while driving.
Bryan A. Danna was finally stopped by Lockport police about 11:30 a.m. after he tried to run from them on foot after abandoning the car he was driving which was reported stolen recently in Florida, according to Orchard Park Police Lt. Patrick McMaster.
Danna was pulled over on Chestnut Ridge Road about 9:54 a.m. Monday by Orchard Park Officer Brian Gehring, only to have him make a quick U-turn and speed north on Route 277 as the report of the stolen car was coming in from Florida law enforcement. Danna was pursued as he sped recklessly through downtown Orchard Park before driving north onto Route 219 at speeds of over 100 mph, according to Lt. McMaster.
Though he drove off that roadway after nearly striking another Orchard Park officer near the Berg Road overpass he managed to get back on the roadway even though he struck a post and drove through a ditch for about 200 feet before driving off into Lockport with Orchard Park patrols chasing him. After he was captured in Lockport by police officers he was charged with felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and first-degree reckless endangerment and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment of property and more than 30 Vehicle and Traffic infractions. He is facing court proceeding In Lockport and Orchard Park.