Two Buffalo police officers were injured on the city’s West Side Saturday, when a teenager in a stolen vehicle backed into them during a traffic stop.
Police pulled over the Chrysler Town & Country at about 2 p.m. Saturday while on Forest Avenue, near Dewitt Street. Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said the driver then put the vehicle in reverse, crashing into the patrol car, injuring one officer, then striking the other – identified as Capt. Gregg Blosat.
The minivan took off east on Forest, and at some point, an officer fired his weapon and may have struck the vehicle, DeGeorge said.
The occupants in the Chrysler – which police later discovered was stolen – bailed out on Forest, keys still in the ignition, and took off running through yards, according to arrest records.
Police arrested Ronald Miles, 16, of Harvard Place, in an upper apartment on Garner Avenue, while a juvenile was apprehended at West and Bird avenues, police said.
Police said Miles was the driver of the vehicle.
Miles and the juvenile were charged with third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of stolen property and first-degree reckless endangerment.
Blosat and the other officer were treated in Erie County Medical Center for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.