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Larry Kensinger/contributor

Police look over the scene after a 41-year-old man crashed his 2003 Volkswagen Beetle in front of the house at 2396 Lockport Olcott Road, Newfane, on Tuesday.

NEWFANE — A 41-year-old man was injured after crashing his car while apparently fleeing from a sheriff’s deputy on Lockport Olcott Road early Tuesday.

Patrick Singleton, 41, no address provided, was charged with reckless driving, unlawful fleeing of a police officer, second-degree aggravated unlicensed motor vehicle operation and multiple violations of Vehicle and Traffic Law after the crash.

At 2:52 a.m. Tuesday, a Niagara County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a 2003 Volkswagen Beetle traveling north on Lockport Olcott Road at a high rate of speed. The deputy activated his emergency lights and siren to get the vehicle to pull over but it continued to speed along the roadway.

During the course of the pursuit, the deputy said he lost sight of the vehicle and a brief time later found it wrecked in the front yard at 2396 Lockport Olcott Road. 

Preliminary investigation suggests that Singleton lost control of the vehicle on a curve in the roadway, crossed the center line and continued off road, through a yard, striking a tree, multiple vehicles and the garage at the residence.

The sheriff’s Accident Investigation Unit and Identification Unit were called to the scene. Singleton was transported by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center for treatment. 

The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be levied, pending a determination whether Singleton was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Chief Deputy Michael Dunn said Singleton was injured enough at the scene to prevent that inquiry. Dunn was uncertain of the extent of Singleton’s injuries but said Singleton suffered a head laceration and was listed in “serious condition” Tuesday at ECMC.

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