Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the arrest of a Springville man for Reckless Endangerment 1st, Unlawful Fleeing Police in a Motor Vehicle 3rd, Reckless Driving and numerous traffic infractions for moving violations and equipment following subjects refusal to pull over to Sheriff's Patrol for speed violation.
Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Brad Ballantyne observed a vehicle driven by 36 y/o Joseph D. Gambino of Bolton Rd. in Springville travelling at a high rate of speed southbound on the Rt. 219 south of Genesee Rd. in the Town of Concord. The vehicle also had extremely tinted windows and loud muffler.
As Deputy Ballantyne attempted to stop the vehicle, Gambino accelerated again, pulling away from patrol, made a U-Turn, and continued northbound on Rt. 219 getting off at Genesee Rd. heading east. Gambino went through many stop signs, did not keep in the traffic lane, was passing cars at hillcrests, and at one point was caught on radar going 143mph in a 45mph zone on Genesee Rd., continuing to pass vehicles.
Deputy Ballantyne could not pursue the vehicle due to the unsafe speed Gambino continued to travel at, but was able to continue sight of Gambino in the distance and coordinated the response of Deputies Todd Jones and Matthew Krypel who were en-route to the area to assist. Due to the coordinated efforts, Deputy Jones was right on location on Pratham Rd. and Middle Rd. in the Town of Sardinia as Gambino approached and was able to get Gambino stopped and took him into custody without incident. Gambino had a female passenger with him at the time.
Gambino was charged with Reckless Endangerment 1st, Unlawful Fleeing Police in a Motor Vehicle 3rd, Reckless Driving, and numerous moving violations and equipment violations for the Town of Concord and Sardinia. The vehicle was also uninspected.
The vehicle was towed from the scene and Gambino was taken to the Erie County Holding Center and held pending arraignment.