The discovery of a fake inspection sticker on the windshield of a stolen car turned out to be one of the smaller problems for two suburban teen-agers arrested early today.
Nathan P. Smith, 16, of Falconer Street, North Tonawanda, and Michael L. Schneider, 18, of Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn, led Northwest District police on a high-speed chase that started on the West Side and ended in Black Road, authorities said.
Officer Scott Escobar said he saw a 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Smith, pass a red light on Niagara Street at West Ferry Street at about 12:45 a.m.
When he tried to pull the car over, the driver sped away, traveling at more than 80 mph, cutting off two police cars and nearly striking several other vehicles.
After turning onto Germain Street, a dead end, the two occupants jumped from the car while it was still moving and continued to flee from police.
Officer Don Genovese ran after one teen and found him hiding in a Dumpster on the first block of Peter Street. The teen allegedly began fighting, and the officer sprayed him with pepper spray.
Officer Al Monteforte apprehended the second teen, who also allegedly fought and had to be subdued with the chemical spray, police said.
On checking the car, officers were impressed with the detail of a forged inspection sticker on the vehicle's front window. The teens used a small yellow piece of paper and punched a hole in it designating the month the inspection was due, authorities said.
Police charged the teens with second-degree forgery. They also were charged with resisting arrest, criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and obstructing governmental administration.
Other charges against Smith included failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, passing red lights, reckless driving and driving without a license.