A Cheektowaga man who led police on a high-speed chase last year as they sought him on a warrant for endangering the welfare of a child was sentenced Monday to 18 months in the Erie County Correctional Facility.
Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case sentenced Hudson Viele, 41, who had pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless endangerment for the May 15, 2012 chase and to the endangering charge for exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl in February 2011.
The chase started when two Cheektowaga police detectives looking for Viele on the outstanding warrant got a tip on his whereabouts and the vehicle he was driving.
When they spotted the vehicle in the town, they activated their siren and lights, and the vehicle took off and drove into Buffalo, police said.
At one point, the vehicle came directly at the detectives, forcing them off the road to avoid a collision. It also went through a red light at East Lovejoy and Gold streets and a stop sign at Lovejoy and Greene Street, then passed two Buffalo school buses that were stopped with their lights flashing as students arrived home. When school officials learned of the ongoing chase, they delayed dismissal for the remaining students.
The vehicle also drove through a park for about 50 yards before returning to the road.
Viele abandoned the vehicle on Ideal Street and fled on foot through several yards before he was arrested.
He pleaded guilty Jan. 24, 2013 to the two misdemeanors, but sentencing was adjourned at least three times, and the judge on Monday denied a defense request for another adjournment.
Assistant District Attorney Lynette M. Reda asked the judge to sentence Viele to two consecutive one-year jail terms, the maximum.
In sentencing Viele to two consecutive nine-month jail terms, Case said he was concerned about the high-speed chase that forced the officers off the road and endangered the students on the buses.
He noted that Viele had denied fleeing police and exposing himself.
He said he was ordering jail terms because of what he called Viele’s disgusting conduct with the girl and his reprehensible actions toward the officers who were only doing their job.
The judge issued an order of protection for Viele to avoid contact with the girl for five years.