BPD: Teen arrested after stolen vehicle crashes into two police cars

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Chautauqua County teenager was arrested Wednesday after allegedly crashing into two Buffalo police vehicles while fleeing in a stolen vehicle, the Buffalo Police Department said.

Police attempted to stop a stolen vehicle around 7:45 p.m. on Donovan Drive, and as officers approached, he allegedly reversed into one police vehicle, then drove forward into another before fleeing the scene, according to BPD. The incident caused a police officer to jump out of the vehicle's path to avoid being struck.

The allegedly stolen vehicle was spotted by an Erie County sheriff's helicopter and eventually stopped before the driver fled on foot, police said. Théophine Lubala, 18, resident of Cassadaga, was apprehended in the 400 block of Cambridge Avenue.

Lubala was accused of:

  • Two counts of third-degree criminal mischief
  • One count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property
  • One count of second-degree reckless endangerment
  • One count of unauthorized use of a vehicle
  • One count of operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver
  • One count of leaving the scene of an accident

Adam Gorski is a Buffalo native who joined the News 4 team in 2022. You can find more of his work here.

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