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Eric L. Lewis rammed his car into a patrol car in the Northeast District Saturday before abandoning his vehicle and running into the path of a police car on Kensington Avenue at Eggert Road, Buffalo police said today.

The high-speed chase that preceded the crash began on the Kensington Expressway when officers attempted to stop his vehicle to check on an improper license plate. The chase was called off when the fleeing car entered Cheektowaga.

A short while later, Lewis was spotted as he attempted to return to the city, police said.

That's when the collision occurred on Tarkio Place, which runs parallel to Kensington between Bailey Avenue and Eggert Road, police said.

Lewis, whose car crashed into a guardrail on Tarkio just before he ran from the vehicle, remains in the Erie County Holding Center under $10,000 bail, with a hearing set for 2 p.m. Friday in Buffalo City Court.

Police Officer Ricky Lark suffered an injured knee when he arrested Lewis, authorities said.

Lewis, 28, of 1296 Kensington Ave., also was being held without bail on an Amherst charge, for which a hearing has been set for today before Amherst Town Justice Sam Maislin.

An internal investigation is being conducted into the chase and its unusual end -- which was caught on videotape by a local television station.

Lewis, who suffered a lacerated knee when he was hit by the police car, was treated in a local hospital.

Lewis is charged with felony reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration and reckless driving.

According to a police report, Lt. Harold McLellen of the Central District made the arrest at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, assisted by officers from the Central, East, Northwest and Northeast districts; the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority; the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority; the State Police; and Cheektowaga and West Seneca police.

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