Vehicle pursuit ends in arrest
West Seneca police on Monday arrested a man they say is responsible for leading a multi-jurisdictional pursuit with a stolen vehicle.
Michael A. Doblinger, 48, of West Seneca is being charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and unlawfully fleeing police in a motor vehicle.
Officials said the pursuit began when patrol observed a motorist cutting through the Mobil gas station on Orchard Park Road at Seneca Street. When the driver saw patrol, he abruptly stopped at one of the gas pumps before fleeing the parking lot and traveling through a red light.
According to police, Lt. David Szmania received confirmation that the vehicle had been stolen out of South Buffalo.
The lieutenant began following the vehicle onto Bellwood Avenue, which is a dead-end street off Seneca. The driver of the vehicle then opted to cut through Harlem Road Park, where another officer was reportedly positioned at the opposite exit. However, the subject then drove around that patrol and continued south on Harlem Road.
Officers continued the pursuit on various streets in the City of Buffalo and Cheektowaga before returning to West Seneca. The driver abandoned his vehicle on South Pontiac Street — off Casimer Street, which runs parallel to Clinton Street — and continued the chase on foot.
Szmania reportedly traced the man’s footsteps in the snow to a South Ogden Street address, near Buffalo Creek. A man emerged from the house and asked, “What’s going on, officer?”
Police identified the man as Doblinger, who they believe was posing as a concerned citizen. According to police, he was apprehended after a second attempt to flee the scene. He allegedly resisted arrest but complied once a Taser gun was displayed, police said.
Officials said Doblinger was sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $10,000 cash or a $25,000 bond.