Two men were bitten by a police K-9 early Thursday after allegedly fleeing police in Livingston County and later crashing their vehicle in Genesee County, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said.
Livingston County sheriff's deputies told Genesee County deputies they were pursuing a vehicle at about 1:30 a.m. carrying suspects in a theft from a department store in Geneseo, deputies in Genesee County said. The vehicle was last seen by Livingston deputies driving on Route 63 towards Genesee County.
At about 2:50 a.m., a Genesee County deputy spotted the vehicle on Route 5 in Batavia. The suspects fled the area but later crashed on Route 262 in Byron, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said. The two men exited the vehicle and fled, but were found and taken into custody. Both were taken to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia for treatment of the dog bites.
The driver of the vehicle, identified by police as Michael B. Collier, 45, of Rochester, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a vehicle, reckless driving, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, speeding and other vehicle and traffic violations, police said. Collier was held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
The passenger, Gary L. Weese, 44, of Medina, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.