A Cheektowaga man who fled a traffic stop in downtown Buffalo early Monday morning and crashed into a tree faces weapons possession and other charges, police said.
Just after midnight, a police officer spotted a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed near William and Oak streets. The driver, identified as Justin Samuel, 27, pulled over but drove away before the stop was completed, Buffalo police said on Facebook.
Officers pursued the vehicle heading east on William but lost sight of it near William and Fillmore Avenue. Police saw the vehicle had crashed into a tree and as they approached, Samuel ran toward the Central Terminal, pulling a gun out of a fanny pack while fleeing, according to a police report.
Police recovered a black pistol officers reported they saw Samuel throwing as he ran. He was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a vehicle, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding and leaving the scene of an accident.