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May 21, 2013

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard reports that while on patrol Deputy Tom Was spotted a previously reported stolen vehicle at the intersection of Grand Island Blvd and Staley Rd. on Grand Island.  The suspect fled in the vehicle a short distance before abandoning it on the side of Stony Point Rd. and running in to the woods.  A perimeter was established and ECSO helicopter Air One responded  to help in the search of the suspect.   Deputy Was and State Police K9 Trooper Pierce entered the Woods to track suspect.  As this was happening a Whitehaven Rd. residence reported that his vehicle had just been stolen.  Air One quickly located this vehicle travelling North on East River Rd.  Air One tracked this vehicle onto West River Rd and then on to Bedell Rd.  The vehicle was intercepted  by Deputies at Grand Island Blvd where the suspect was apprehended.  At the arrest scene, three joggers approached Deputies and provided statements that the suspect nearly struck them with the stolen vehicle as he travelled at a high rate of speed on Bedell road.

Michael A. Dlugokinski, age 24, of Grand Island was charged with 2 counts of Grand Larceny 3rd degree(Felony) , 2 counts of Criminal Possession Stolen Property 3rd degree (Felony), 3  counts of Reckless endangerment 1st degree(Felony), 2 counts Unauthorized Use of Vehicle(misdemeanor), Resisting arrest (misdemeanor) , Unlawful fleeing of a Police Officer (misdemeanor) and traffic violations.  Dlugolinski also had a active Warrant out of Buffalo for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.  He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.  The stolen vehicles were returned to their owners.  Erie County Sherrif's Office was assisted by the State Police and the Border Patrol.

"I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the citizens of Erie County for your support! Together, we will continue to make a our community a safer and better place to live."
- Tim Howard

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