Truck crashes through two homes after leading police on chase across two towns

Posted at 5:55 AM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 18:19:10-04

A pickup truck led police on a chase from Amherst to Kenmore early Friday morning, and ended it by going straight through two homes.

Amherst Police say they tried to pull over the driver of the truck, 22-year-old Elijah Turley, for speeding and traffic violations on Niagara Falls Boulevard, but he took off.

The driver led police to Kenmore, where he lost control and crashed through a house on Kenmore Avenue near Genoa Place.  The house had major damage, but no one inside was hurt.  Another house was hit by the truck as well. First responders shut down part of Kenmore Avenue between Delaware Avenue and Elmwood Avenue to clear the scene.

We've learned Turley was being uncooperative and had to be subdued by police after the crash.  Lieutenant Jonathan Klein of Town of Amherst Police says the driver was tased. He told police he bit his lip during the crash and a female passenger had minor injuries.  Both were taken to ECMC.

Turley was charged with reckless endangerment, assault, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, obstructing governmental administration and multiple other vehicle and traffic law infractions.

Police say Turley was treated and released from ECMC and is currently being held, pending arraignment on a parole warrant.

A 19-year-old female was also in the vehicle and was transported to Erie County Medical Center with a leg injury, according to police.

The accident is still under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Amherst Police Department at 689-1311.