A car chase for 10 city blocks ended early today when three teen-agers jumped from a moving car they had allegedly stolen and began running from police through several yards near the Kensington Expressway.
"One went east, one went west," explained Officer Bob McLellan of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Police. "They all went in different directions."
The teens -- one 14, the other two 16 -- were arrested about 3:45 a.m. as they tried to scramble from McLellan and Officers Michael Beavers, Timothy Wilke and Joseph Serwon.
The chase began five minutes earlier after the teens spotted two housing authority patrol cars as they stopped for a red light on East Delavan and Bailey avenues. Apparently assuming police knew they were in a stolen car, the three panicked, drove through a red light and led the officers on a chase from East Delavan to Olympic Avenue, McLellan said.
Several times during the chase -- as the stolen car moved at speeds of 40 to 50 mph -- the three opened the doors and attempted to step out, McLellan said.
As the stolen car neared the Kensington Expressway, the two patrol cars pulled alongside as the three slowed and jumped out, running through yards near Olympic and Warwick Avenue, McLellan said.
"They bailed out of the car, and the car was still moving," McLellan said. "The car kept going about 100 feet and almost hit a Buffalo Police Department car. . . . The car kept going through a couple of lawns, and some bushes stopped it."
Police arrested Kenyatta J. Chapman, 16, of 151 Wende St., Marlan D. Williams, 16, of 174 Goemble Ave., and a 14-year-old boy who lives on Wohlers Avenue. His name was withheld due from stolen car
to his age. McLellan said the car was reported stolen from a Greenfield Street home sometime after 9 p.m. Sunday.
Police charged all three with fourth-degree criminal possession of property, third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of burglar's tools and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration.
Chapman also was charged with second-degree assault for allegedly injuring Beavers as he tried to arrest the youth, police said. Beavers was not seriously hurt. Officers also charged Chapman with six traffic-related violations.