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Niagara Falls man charged during traffic stop outside school

Niagara Falls police on Monday charged a driver with resisting arrest during a traffic stop in the Abate Elementary School parking lot, according to a police report.

An officer reported seeing a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker shortly before 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of 11th Street and Pierce Avenue. The driver pulled into the school parking lot through a posted one-way exit, according to the report.

As the officer was reporting the stop over the police radio, the driver, identified as Matthew R. Guminiak, "did rush out of the vehicle and attempt to approach this officer," the officer wrote. Guminiak, 33, of Niagara Falls, refused to get back into his vehicle and kept pulling away from the officer, according to the report.

Police advised Guminiak that if he didn't comply with their orders he would be shocked with a Taser. Officers eventually took him to the ground. In addition to resisting arrest, Guminiak also was ticketed for three vehicle and traffic violations.

Some of the report was redacted by police. When asked why information was redacted, Niagara Falls Police Capt. Michael Trane said in an email that "most of what was taken out deals with [Guminiak's] treatment at the ER – who took him and what treatment he received."

The school was briefly placed on lockout by administrators.

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