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DRIVER CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTS TO HIT POLICE IS FREE ON BAIL

A West Seneca man was released on bail Wednesday after being charged with twice trying to run down police officers during a chase in the Northeast District.

Gary R. Agthe, 33, of 40 S. Fisher Road was charged with three felony counts of reckless endangerment, as well as resisting arrest, driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license.

It all began late Monday night, when state police stopped Agthe in a 1984 Ford for speeding at Floss and Lang avenues. Buffalo police officers involved in the chase said Agthe attempted to run over Officer George McLean and sped away.

Police chased the fleeing car through city streets.

At Moselle and East Ferry streets, the car stalled, and two officers approached it.

However, police said, the driver started the engine again and attempted to strike Lt. Patrick Mann and Lt. Marcelino Hernandez.

The lieutenants each fired one shot at the vehicle, which was struck in the front wheel area and rear undercarriage.

The car was finally stopped at East Delavan Avenue and Carol Street, and the driver was arrested.

Agthe also was held on an outstanding warrant charging him with drug possession and criminal impersonation.

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