A young driver identified as a fugitive from Georgia led police on a short car chase early Saturday before losing control of the vehicle, rolling it and striking a tree, police said. There were several passengers in the car, including a 2-year-old child.
Willie D. Green III, 19, attempted to flee the crash on foot but was apprehended by Officer Joseph Bonner. Green was charged with burglary and grand larceny, as well as reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child, and vehicle and traffic infractions, police said.
Green also was wanted in connection with a burglary in Georgia and, according to the U.S. Marshals Office, he was considered "armed and dangerous." Crime Stoppers Buffalo had issued a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Police say they attempted to pull the vehicle over at Jefferson and Best streets around 12:15 a.m. but the driver took off at a high rate of speed, heading south on Jefferson and losing control shortly afterwards. The car jumped the curb near Best and Grape streets, struck a tree and rolled over.
At least five people were inside the auto, including the 2-year-old, who was injured and treated at Women & Children's Hospital. Two of the other passengers also were treated at local hospitals. None of the injuries was life-threatening, a police spokesman said.
Green was additionally charged in connection with a May 31 burglary on Larchmont Avenue.