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Suspended driver with suspended vehicle crashes into stopped patrol car

A Buffalo man with eight suspensions on his license was driving a vehicle with a suspended registration when he allegedly struck a parked patrol car of a deputy from the Erie County Sheriff's Office, officials said.

Robert Thompson, 29, was arrested Friday on several charges after a crash at the intersection of Church Street and Delaware Avenue.

According to the Sheriff's Office, a vehicle operated by Thompson rear-ended a stopped patrol vehicle at approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday. Officials said a deputy with the Crash Investigation Unit responded and discovered that Thompson had eight suspensions on his license stemming from a previous driving while intoxicated arrest; Thompson's vehicle registration was also suspended due to unresolved parking violations, and the inspection was expired.

The deputy sustained minor injuries, officials said.

Thompson was charged with a misdemeanor count of aggravated unlicensed operation and vehicle and traffic law violations for operating a vehicle without inspection, following too close and operating a vehicle without a license.

Thompson was taken to the Erie County Holding Center and held on $500 bail pending his arraignment; he was later released.

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