WEST SENECA, NY ( WKBW ) Even though he was too young to drive, a 15 year old led police on a fifty mile chase Easter Sunday, that ended with the injury of one officer involved.
Why a 15 year old boy got behind the wheel of a car and led police on , and refused to surrender, remains a mystery.
The ordeal began just after 10am on Easter Sunday with the report of a three car accident at the intersection of Transit and Seneca Streets. What police didn't know was that there was a 15 year old boy behind the wheel of one of those vehicles.
West Seneca Police Lieutenant David Szmania told Eyewitness News, "...not only is it frustrating for the officers involved, he put the public in a great deal of danger for over 45 miles."
The teen was driving a pickup truck. He allegedly caused the accident, then fled the scene.
State and local police then threw down "spike strips" to try and stop the teen, but officers say he ran off the road and drove straight at two officers when trying to avoid the strips.
Lt. Szmania explained, "...He went into the center median, lost control, and crashed into the bridge abutment." In addition, he also hit a patrol car.
One officer was treated at an area hospital for back injuries. The chase ended when the teen crashed into the bridge pillar. He was not injured in the crash.
Police tell Eyewitness News the vehicle the teenager was driving wasn't reported stolen. There were no weapons or drugs found in the vehicle. Officials say the teen will be released to relatives Sunday evening. He is facing charges of felony fleeing, reckless endangerment, and criminal mischief.
Eyewitness News will continue to have more on this story.