What started as a routine traffic stop turned dangerous for Buffalo police officers, who were nearly hit when the driver suddenly threw his car into reverse to ram a police cruiser before driving off.
But the incident on Buffalo’s East Side, which occurred a week ago when officers tried to pull a car over for failing to obey a stop sign, ended Saturday night with the arrest of the driver.
William Turley was allegedly driving the vehicle when police stopped him at 131 Theodore. He threw a loaded .38 revolver handgun out the window, and was told to turn off the car. Instead, he went into reverse to drive into the police car, prompting the officers to leap out of the way to avoid being hit. Turley then allegedly drove south on Theodore, and abandoned his car at the corner of Doat Street. He and an unknown passenger fled.
Turley was taken into custody a week later and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, after he was called into a police station to talk to detectives about his filing of a report for “unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.” He was also charged with falsely reporting the theft.