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Drivers involved in chase face charges

What started out as a hit-and-run of a parked car escalated into a chase along the Niagara Thruway and a confrontation with an ax.

Three weeks later, after state police fully investigated the incident, both Buffalo drivers were charged.

The incident occurred Sept. 5, when Jamel W. Bloomquist, 17, told police that another driver chased him down city streets and onto the Niagara Thruway, where he was blocked in on the Porter Avenue ramp. Bloomquist also told state police that the other driver got out of his vehicle with an ax, broke his car windows and stole something from his vehicle.

Troopers determined that Bloomquist's vehicle initially struck the vehicle of Efrain J. DeJesus, 28, while it was parked on Riverside Avenue.

DeJesus pursued Bloomquist to get his license plate and insurance information, but Bloomquist would not pull over, state police said.

Investigators also learned that the ax was not DeJesus', that it came from the Bloomquist vehicle, according to police reports. The ax attack left more than $1,000 damage to Bloomquist's vehicle.

Troopers charged DeJesus with criminal mischief, menacing and petit larceny. Bloomquist faces charges of falsely reporting an incident and leaving the scene of an accident.

e-mail: gwarner@buffnews.com

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