NIAGARA FALLS —
VILLAGE OF WILSON
Fleeing moped driver hit with charges
A Wilson man faces 10 charges after leading Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies on a slow chase in the village this past Sunday.
According to the sheriff’s report, released to the media on Thursday, Matthew P. Mojeski, 20, of 200 Chestnut St., refused to pull his moped over when a deputy initiated a traffic stop on Haner Street about 8:15 p.m. Sunday.
Instead, Mojeski, with an underage female passenger, slowed his speed but kept driving the moped around corners, through stop signs, into a backyard on Haner Street again and into a field off Bay Street.
From the roadway, the deputy watched Mojeski try to stop the moped ahead of a ditch but he lost control and he and the passenger fell off the moped. An ambulance was called but Mojeski and the girl both said they were not injured.
Mojeski explained he fled from the deputy because he feared his female passenger would be “deported back to Canada,” the report said. The passenger’s residence is listed as St. Catharines, Ont.
Among Mojeski’s charges are unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, driving a motor vehicle without a proper license, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to use a designated lane and driving with two on a one-person motorcycle seat.
• STOLEN CAR: A completely burned-out ’05 Chevy Cobalt was found in a field off of the 1400 block of College Avenue about 11:15 am. Wednesday. A license plate was found nearby and it was determined the car had been stolen from a city address earlier Wednesday. Niagara Falls Fire Department arson investigators responded to process the crime scene, the report said.
• AUTO BREAK-INS: Three car break-ins were reported to Falls police in the 300 block of Ninth Street Wednesday morning. The owner of a ’01 Volkswagon Jetta told officers that someone smashed out a window, ransacked the car and took a wallet. In addition, the owner said they found a bloody band aid that didn’t belong to them on the passenger-side front seat. The owner of a ’06 Toyota Corolla told a similar story of a broken window and items thrown about inside the car. Nothing appeared to have been taken but a blood stain was left on the passenger front seat. The owner of a ’04 Ford Escape also found a broken window and items strewn about. A bloody napkin was found in this vehicle. The owners all said the break-ins happened between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday.
• AUTO BREAK-INS: Falls police were called to a parking lot on the 400 block of Third Street about 11 p.m. Wednesday where the owner of a ’07 Toyota Camry reported their car was broken into. They said sometime between 6 and 11 p.m. someone broke a passenger-side window and rummaged through the car. It was unclear if anything was taken. While taking the report, the officer said a second car owner approached and reported a break-in. A ’11 Toyota Camry was broken into under similar circumstances and left in disarray. An iPod auxiliary cable was taken. Officers noted a nearby bank has security cameras pointing in the direction of the break-ins.
• ASSAULT: Falls police responded to a home on the 1000 block of Cleveland Avenue where a 54-year-old woman told them a friend she had let stay in her apartment had slashed the tires on her bicycle and pushed her down the stairs of her front porch. The woman declined medical attention. A warrant was advised.
• BURGLARY: A resident on the 1900 block of Ferry Avenue told police their home was burglarized sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday. The resident said when they returned home Wednesday, the home’s alarm was going off and they saw a broken front window. Two TVs — 53-inch and 50-inch — a Playstation gaming system, Xbox gaming system, an Nintendo Wii and 20 games were gone. The estimated loss is $650.