Niagara Gazette

Crime

May 2, 2014

Falls man crashes after leading police on high-speed chase on Niagara Falls Boulevard

A Falls man was arrested following a high-speed chase down Niagara Falls Boulevard that involved Amherst police and Niagara County Sheriff's deputies.

About 4:40 p.m. Thursday, deputies were called in to assist Amherst police in pursuit of a vehicle heading north on Niagara Falls Boulevard from the area of Shawnee Road. The occupants of the car had been involved in a larceny in the Town of Amherst and was not stopping for police, according to a report.

A deputy said he spotted the car heading north on the Boulevard at about 90 mph with an Amherst patrol vehicle in pursuit and joined the chase. The deputy said the car passed several vehicles on the left and drove through a red light at Nash Road. Just after passing Errick Road, the car drove into oncoming traffic, almost hitting multiple cars traveling south to avoid hitting a northbound car in the passing lane.

When the car drove through a red light at Ward Road, the deputy said a sheriff's captain called off the pursuit due to heavy traffic on the Boulevard at the time. Amherst police continued their pursuit. The deputy said he saw the car pass several cars on the left and drive through the red light at Walmore Road.

Minutes later, Town of Niagara police reported that the car had crashed at the corner of Edgewood Drive and Military Road and two men had run from the vehicle.

Town of Niagara and Amherst police were able to catch the driver, James H. Jordan, 43, 1337 LaSalle Ave., after a short foot chase.

Sheriff's deputies caught took passenger Charles H. Myers, 38, 2725 Pierce Ave., into custody on Edgewood Drive.

Jordan was charged with reckless driving, speeding, three counts of failing to stop at a stop light, five counts of improper passing, three counts of moving from a lane unsafely, three counts of disobeying a traffic control device and third-degree unlawful fleeing from police.

Both Jordan and Myers were taken into custody by Amherst police.

Information on the incident in Amherst was unavailable Friday morning.

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