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ATV driver who ran over Buffalo police officer sentenced to prison

ATV driver who ran over Buffalo police officer sentenced to prison

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A Buffalo man was sentenced Tuesday to 1 1/2 to 3 years in state prison for running over a Buffalo police officer on bicycle patrol with an ATV during the 2019 Juneteenth Festival. 

Cornelius J. Caddele was sentenced by Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi on the attempted second-degree assault charge, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said Caddele was observed by officers on bicycle patrol on June 16, 2019, recklessly driving a Kawasaki ATV on a public street. When Caddele came to a stop at a red light, the officers rode toward Caddele to write a ticket. 

Caddele ran over one of the officers, dragging him underneath the ATV for about 15 feet, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Caddele sped away for several blocks before he was arrested, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The injured officer suffered road rash and a back injury, but has since been able to return to work.

Caddele pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault on Dec. 19, 2019.

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