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City of Tonawanda police say speeding suspect found hiding behind garbage tote

Michael Rauch (Provided by the City of Tonawanda Police Department)

A City of Tonawanda man who ran from police after he was pulled over for allegedly speeding early Thursday was found half an hour later hiding behind a garbage tote, City of Tonawanda Police Capt. Fredric Foels said.

When police tracked him down, the driver, identified as Michael C. Rauch, 27, said "I ran because I have warrants." It turned out there were two warrants for his arrest: one out of North Tonawanda for driving while intoxicated and a second from Amherst for petit larceny. He also had two suspensions on his driver's license.

Police said they stopped Rauch at 1:35 a.m. on Niagara Street for  speeding. Rauch then pulled into a driveway of a house on Niagara and then bailed out of his car, running through backyards, police said. He was found behind a garbage tote on Kohler Street. Police said his hand was injured from hopping chain-link fences.

Rauch was charged with two counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, criminal mischief and traffic charges. He was treated for a hand injury and was being held for a court appearance.

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