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Buffalo man pleads guilty to felony assault for crash involving police vehicle

Andre Goldsmith, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of assault in the first degree, which is a class B violent felony.

A man from Buffalo could spend the next 25 years behind bars after pleading guilty to assault on Monday for his role in a crash involving a police vehicle.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office says Andre Goldsmith, 30, was pulled over for a traffic stop on East Ferry Street in December of 2018 when he drove away and eventually hit a patrol vehicle. 

Goldsmith and his passenger were both taken to ECMC, along with two police officers. Goldsmith did not suffer any serious injuries; however, his passenger had two ankle fractures, which required surgery.

One of the officers has been unable to return to work due to injuries to his neck and back. The other officer was out of work for several months due to injuries to his neck and shoulder.

Goldsmith pleaded guilty to one count of assault in the first degree, which is a class B violent felony. He remains held without bail until sentencing March 9.

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