A Niagara Falls man is facing several charges after he allegedly fled from police, struck an officer with his vehicle and later caused a car accident Monday night, according to the Niagara Falls Police Department.
John Davis, 36, is charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal contempt, reckless driving and several other vehicle and traffic violations.
Officials said that officers responded to an 8:45 p.m. call of an unwanted male party, possibly breaking windows, in the 400 block of 18th Street.
Police said that as officers approached Davis, he ran behind the house. Officers said they gave chase and the suspect ran around to his parked 2013 Chevy Equinox and attempted to leave the scene, with the vehicle striking one of the officers as one of the mirrors hit an officer on the shoulder.
According to police, the suspect turned his vehicle eastbound on Ferry Avenue without its headlights on; when officers reached 27th Street and Ferry Avenue, they saw Davis had collided with a 2014 Toyota and a telephone pole.
Davis attempted to flee the scene on foot but was taken into custody a short distance from the accident, police said. Davis was transported to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where he was evaluated for injuries before being brought to the Niagara Falls police station to be booked.
A 38-year-old man driving the Toyota also was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for evaluation, and police said it does not appear that he has any life-threatening injures.