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Lane violation stop leads to loaded handgun, high speed chase, crash in Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies initially stopped a vehicle for a lane violation, but when they discovered a loaded handgun with a high capacity magazine in the vehicle, the driver sped off and led deputies on a high speed chase.

When it ended, the vehicle had crashed and an unidenitified man was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center. A second occupant, a resident of Buffalo, was taken to a nearby hospital.

The events started at about 3 a.m. Saturday when deputies stopped the vehicle on Routes 5 and 20 for the lane violation in the Town of Hanover.

Upon investigation, the loaded handgun with a high capacity magazine was located in the vehicle. While deputies were securing the firearm, the vehicle fled. Deputies were led at a high rate of speed through Silver Creek and into the Town of Sheridan. Deputies lost sight of the vehicle around a curve, but observed debris in a yard near Route 5 and Newell Road, and subsequently located the crashed vehicle in a yard.

The unidentified man was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC. The other occupant, Shakilah A. Williams, 24, of Buffalo was transported by ambulance to Brooks Memorial Hospital.

Charges are pending as the investigation continues.

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