MEDINA — Tuesday afternoon was not the best time to lead the police on a high-speed chase to Medina.
“It was National Night Out, so we had an abundance of resources,” said village chief Chad Kenward. “Probably not the best time for them.”
Dozens of police officers, firefighters, paramedics and others gathered at Wise Middle Intermediate School just after 5 p.m.
It was Medina’s first time hosting the event, which was traditionally held in Albion.
Suddenly, a message was sent that the Niagara County Sheriff’s Officers were chasing a car into Orleans County.
Kenward said one of his officers had posted spike strips along Route 31A between Tops and Tim Horton’s.
The fleeing car ran over the strip and damaged the passenger’s front tire, Kenward said.
The car continued on Route 31A for seven miles until the driver turned into an open field near Wilkins Road in Barre.
Two of the four people in the car ran into the nearby forest.
Also at National Evening Out?
K9 units from various agencies.
All four people have been arrested.
The chase began when Niagara County Sheriff’s Officers were called to Runnings on South Transit Road in Lockport at 5:05 PM for a theft.
The suspects fled in a black Jeep Wrangler, which officers found heading east near the city limit.
The driver refused to stop and led officers through town and then back to the town of Lockport along Route 31 and to Royalton.
Middleport Police joined the chase, which continued east to Orleans, where the “plenty” of officers from the Medina and Albion Police Forces, the Orleans Sheriffs and the State Police joined them.
A Niagara sheriff’s helicopter also arrived as the suspect car went into the field.
The four occupants of the car are all from Rochester and face various charges, including grand theft, resisting arrest and obstruction of government administration. The driver, Kelly Simmons, was charged with reckless driving, illegal fleeing and misdemeanor criminal mischief for damage to the farm’s field.