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Driver who tried to run down officers gets five year-sentence

A man who tried to run down two Buffalo Police officers after a car chase prompted by an expired inspection sticker was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison.

Kenneth Pringle, 24, of Dodge Street, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court in November to first-degree attempted assault for the Dec. 18, 2016, incident. On that date, Officer Stephen Mikac tried to pull Pringle over when he saw the expired inspection sticker, but even though it was during an ice storm, Pringle sped away with Mikac in pursuit.

The roads were bad and Pringle soon was stuck in traffic at Best Street and Masten Avenue. Mikac stopped, got out of his vehicle and was walking with traffic toward Pringle as two other officers, Vincent Judge and Brian Connors, arrived. They left their vehicle on Masten and were walking against traffic on Best when Pringle swerved into oncoming traffic and accelerated toward the two approaching officers. They reportedly jumped out of the way and over a snowbank to avoid being hit.

Pringle drove away from the scene with police in pursuit, leading them to his home, where he was taken into custody.

Justice Christopher J. Burns took into consideration that Pringle is a second felony offender and was in violation of his probation at the time of the incident. He sentenced him to five years on the assault charge plus five years post-release supervision, to run concurrent with a one-year sentence on the probation violation.

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