Amherst car chase ends in Kenmore crash

Amherst Police: Speed Affected Chase Response

KENMORE, NY - Police are investigating an accident in Kenmore, where a truck slammed through the front part of one house and damaged a second following a police chase. 

Amherst Police were called to investigate a report of two vehicles racing in the area of Niagara Falls Blvd. just after 2:00 a.m. Friday.  Police say one of the vehicles pulled over, but the second vehicle failed to stop and was pursued by a police officer.  

The chase led police to Kenmore Avenue near Genoa Place where the truck lost control. The vehicle first ran into a one story house, and then hit a two story house next door before finally coming to a stop in front of a third home.
Police say the driver then got out of the truck and tried to run, but he was tased by officers.

The driver of the car, Elijah K. Turley, 22, of Buffalo and his passenger, a 19-year-old female, were taken to the hospital for minor injuries. Turley is charged with reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing of a police officer, obstruction governmental administration and other vehicle and traffic infractions. 

Police say no one inside the homes was injured.

So how did the chase get that far through areas where people live?

Amherst Police say that they were talking with Tonawanda Police and eventually Kenmore Police, about who was going to make this stop. But that became challenging because of the driver's speed, here on Kenmore Ave.
 
Amherst Police say that driver was going way over the speed limit of 35 miles per hour, and the evidence of speed being a factor, is here in the 1400 block of Kenmore Avenue. We asked Amherst Police what is their policy for chasing speeding drivers? 
 
They told us we need to file a Freedom of Information request for that, and we've done that. And, they say generally speaking, during any police chase, officers are to use caution for the environment they are in, if they're on a highway they can go faster, if they're in a residential neighborhood they go slower. And, police say they were following the truck driver from a distance. 
 
"He was definitely going over the speed limit, I don't have exact numbers, but he did fail to stop for our officer with his lights and sirens on," said Lt. Jonathan Klein of Amherst Police.
 
Amherst is a department that is testing out body cameras. One question we had was whether any body cameras were worn during this chase?
 
Captain Kevin Brown of Amherst Police says he was not sure if body cameras were worn -- this is also something we've included in our Freedom of Information request. 

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