19-Year-Old Arrested on Multiple Traffic Charges

December 19, 2012 Updated Dec 19, 2012 at 4:43 PM EDT

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19-Year-Old Arrested on Multiple Traffic Charges

December 19, 2012 Updated Dec 19, 2012 at 4:43 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/Release) - The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that arrest of a City of Buffalo resident for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, reckless driving, operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license and numerous other related vehicle and traffic charges.

Deputy Simon Biegasiewicz and Deputy Mike Okal, assigned to Operation Strike Force, were on patrol when a vehicle was being operated by one Carlos A. Rodgers, age 19, of Chicago Street, Buffalo, passed by them on Grider Street and subsequently set off the ‘stolen vehicle alarm’ on their onboard license plate reader.

Patrol initially stopped Rodgers on Grider Ave near Sussex Street, but Rodgers pulled away as Deputies approached the vehicle. Deputies were able to stop him again a short time later on Genesee Street near Nevada Street.

He was taken into custody after a brief struggle. Rodgers was then transported to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment in Buffalo City Court.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has been part of Operation Strike Force since its inception in June 2012. Deputies have been working this patrol operation alongside members of the Buffalo Police Department and New York State Troopers.

To date, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies working Operation Strike Force have made:

- over 300 hundred arrests for various violations, misdemeanors and felonies
- over 100 additional warrant arrests
- issued over 2,500 vehicle and traffic law summonses
- removed/towed over 270 illegally operated &/or registered vehicles from City of Buffalo streets