Jamestown police charged 45-year-old Daniel Babyak of Falconer with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation, switched plates and other numerous traffic violations.
Police say they tried to pull over Babyak – who was driving a minivan -around 3:20 a.m. Thursday after he was spotted not having a front license plate while driving down Steele Street. When officers tried to stop Babyak he allegedly fled the scene and a chase occurred on the west side of the city, eventually ending in West Ellicott.
Babyak was then charged and taken into custody.
Another city man was also arrested on similar charges after a chase took place late Thursday afternoon in the city.
Police say 26-year-old Matthew William Buck faces several charges after allegedly leading police on a chase in a stolen vehicle around 4:45 p.m. Thursday.
Police received a report of a stolen vehicle being driven near Foote Avenue and Water Street. When police attempted to pull the vehicle over, Buck reportedly fled at high speed throughout the city, eventually driving into the backyard of a home on W. Eighth St. and into a tree. Buck then reportedly ran away before police officers were able to catch him near the scene.
Buck faces multiple charges, including unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and four counts of reckless driving. Buck was also allegedly found in possession of heroin and was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.