Police chase ends in wild struggle


ATTICA — A Warsaw man faces felony charges after he led police on a high-speed chase and then fought with officers after he finally stopped on Route 238, Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies said.

The pursuit began about 7 a.m. Wednesday when a deputy saw a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze speeding 56 in a 30 mph zone at Buffalo and Wyoming streets in the village of Warsaw.

The deputy turned to pursue the car but the driver continued west at a high rate of speed.

Another deputy on patrol saw the car west of the village on Route 20A. The deputy said the car was going 80 mph with its lights off and passing other cars in a no-passing zone.

The deputy chased the car at speeds of more than 90 mph before the driver finally stopped on Route 238 near Logan Road.

As police approached the car, the driver, Jamie S. Kraft, 35, appeared to be intoxicated, with the odor of alcohol emanating from the car. Numerous alcohol containers were seen in the car.

Deputies attempted to conduct field sobriety tests on Kraft but he refused and then fought with police when they tried to cuff him and take him into custody.

Kraft, who is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 260 pounds, resisted and wrestled with officers.

An Attica police officer was injured and taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Sheriff Gregory Rudolph said the officer was expected to miss several days of work because of injuries.

Kraft was eventually subdued.

He was found to have a 2016 DWI conviction in Grand Island.

Kraft was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer, felony DWI, reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing a police officer, resisting arrest, reckless driving and multiple speeding and traffic violations.

He was arraigned by County Judge Michael Mohun and committed to Wyoming County Jail, with bail set at $15,000.

“I would like to thank the Attica Police Department and the officers that responded to back up our deputy sheriffs on this precarious traffic stop and subsequent arrest,” Rudolph said. “True Public Safety is a team effort that often comprises of mutual aid and community involvement and I wish the injured Attica PD officer a speedy and full recovery.”

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