Police Chase Ends with Crash into Bridge

Police Chase Ends with Crash into Bridge

There are 17 comments on the WKBW story from Apr 27, 2009, titled Police Chase Ends with Crash into Bridge. In it, WKBW reports that:

Salamanca Police say they attempted to pull over a vehicle early Saturday morning inside the city limits, but the driver took off leading Salamanca Police and Cattaraugus County Sheriff's deputies on a chase through Great Valley and Little Valley.

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SHS1013

New Hartford, NY

#1 Apr 27, 2009
What a tragedy- know the driver fairly well. Had him in school. Hope the rumors arent true. He has a beautiful daughter. What could have possessed him to run?
Sally

Buffalo, NY

#2 Apr 28, 2009
High speed chases are not necessary. They had the plate number and didn't need to chase this vehicle (they are now releasing statements that this car was not chased....yeah right!!). Salamanca cops are morons with nothing better to do. This is the 2nd high speed chase in weeks in Salamanca. These cops are dangerous! Hopefully this family sues! These police officers are endangering everyone's safety by chasing cars just because they are bored!
JimBobDoug

New Hartford, NY

#3 Apr 28, 2009
The driver has a long history of being in trouble with drugs and alcohol. No reason to run if your not guilty of something.
Sally

Buffalo, NY

#4 Apr 28, 2009
No reason to chase the car if you already know who is driving and where to find him .
JimBobDoug

New Hartford, NY

#5 Apr 29, 2009
Sally- I understand where your coming from. Its just frustrating that people feel sorry for this kid. I dont- he also hurt the people that he were in the car with him. Why would anyone let him drive? Where were they before? If at a bar- the bar shouldnt of let him drive home.
peopleareridicul ous

Salamanca, NY

#6 May 1, 2009
Sally I would like to know how you got all this information on the particulars of the chase? Were you there? How do you know what information the officers had? Oh thats right you werent there and you dont know. You shouldnt spout off when you have no idea what really happened! People like you piss me off. You are one of those people that will m*ther F**k the police until its you son or daughter that gets killed when they end up getting T-boned in an intersection because of someones reckless driving. Then youll want his head wont you?
Mesataphalies

Salamanca, NY

#7 May 1, 2009
Well, Sally is right. Most cops are retards until something happens to You. So, hopefully Sally, You never need the cops to save You or Your childs' life or catch the criminal who just ended it - with Your attitude, criminals should just roam free. Maybe this guy would have been caught later right? How do You prove a reckless driver is driving unless You catch him in the moment? Have You ever caught a criminal? Do You know how hard it is? Why don't You just go back to hugging trees and talking to the dolphins. Have a tofu at the Casino next time You're there. You might want to do some research so You sound intelligent when You talk.
Let's all blame the cops for other people's actions instead of holding the person responsible accountible. FYI, many of those Officers hold advanced college degrees - they find work where it is available and despite what You think, maybe a high speed chase isn't tall order for the day (I know most cops would rather be socializing).
CBD1976

New Hartford, NY

#8 May 3, 2009
The guy responsible should pay for his choices he has made.... regardless of his own injuries.
Local

Salamanca, NY

#9 Jun 2, 2009
Sally - Get a clue...

You are the reason our society sucks right now. You are the type of person that would never take responsibility for your own actions.

You are the type of person who would say that your son/daughter could do no wrong and then not believe it when they get caught stealing something or being disrespectful to anyone in authority.

You suck!!!
casinojunkie

Little Valley, NY

#10 Jun 2, 2009
you have it right the cops are there for our protection

they stop the reckless people from killing us all.
if there were no cops, imagine, criminals roaming the nights and getting away with all kinds of crime, drunks on the roads day and night,

wow, sound like a scary place.
i am glad there are cops. maybe there are some dumb cops but they have buddies you know some smarter ones

so hooray for the cops.

keep the drunks of the roads
CBD1976

New Hartford, NY

#11 Jun 4, 2009
Heard on the PIG today that they are nailing him with a bunch of charges. Maybe he'll learn this time. It wasnt the first time he's been in trouble with drugs and alcohol.
the right answer

Salamanca, NY

#12 Jun 7, 2009
the kid is a crck head loser who just because he didnt want ato sit in jail endangered three other lifes. he should be shota for his carelessness or hung either way he is a bad terrible person
yep

Salamanca, NY

#13 Jun 7, 2009
the right answer wrote:
the kid is a crck head loser who just because he didnt want ato sit in jail endangered three other lifes. he should be shota for his carelessness or hung either way he is a bad terrible person
agreed
Salamanca Cares

Little Valley, NY

#14 Jun 8, 2009
Here is a link to the charges:

http://post-journal.com/page/content.detail/i...

please dont be stupid

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#15 Feb 20, 2011
OH YES, AN OUTSTANDING CITIZEN OF THE COMMUNITY!

After the bars was closed probably trying to get to Springville for the 4 am last call, what a dumb ass and if anyone wants to stick up for someone like this then they either have a screw missing or did the same thing in their youth!
How about the passengers, how stupid were they to get into the car with this punk ass drunken dumb ass!

Hey Sally, what if this guy had your daughter in the car coming home froma date and pulled this stunt, would you be so supportive of his actions? No you probably would of call the police and demanded action taken against him, even of he drove away then the cops said well we can't go after him because we can't want to get him off the roadway by driving fast, bet you would of been pissed then! Sally, your comments were those of a real dumb ass!

Read the article!:
Driver Charged In April Crash
June 5, 2009 - By Robert Rizzuto, [email protected]
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SALAMANCA - The driver of a vehicle that fled from police in April and eventually crashed on a seasonal highway in Cattaraugus County has been charged and arraigned.

Curtis W. Zolner, 23, of Salamanca has been charged with a number of offenses by both the Salamanca Police and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department, all stemming from the incident that sent him and three of his friends to the hospital.

On April 25 around 2:24 a.m., Zolner was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix on East State Street in Salamanca when an oncoming police vehicle allegedly clocked it going 76 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer turned around and attempted to pursue the vehicle, but it quickly disappeared.

He sent out a bulletin with a description of the vehicle and a few minutes later, it was spotted by another Salamanca officer and a deputy.

According to Cattaraugus County Undersheriff Tim Whitcomb, the Pontiac drove onto a seasonal highway and kicked up so much dirt and dust that the patrols in pursuit slowed down.

"The road they went up only leads to a few others so we positioned patrols around the area and no one was pursuing it at that point," he said in a previous interview. "Then one of our deputies who was parked on Whig Street saw a vehicle speeding toward him and he called it in. About 20 seconds later, he advised dispatch that it had crashed into a bridge."

Whitcomb said at the time of the crash, the closest patrol was about a half-mile away from the Pontiac and no one was chasing it.

Zolner had to be taken to the Hamot Medical Center by Starflight with serious injuries and a passenger, 24-year-old Silas U. Attwood, also of Salamanca, was taken to the Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight.

Two other passengers, 20-year-old Daniel G. Bialaszewski and 27-year-old Rachel A. Jackson were taken to Olean General Hospital by ambulance.

Whitcomb said he doesn't know why Zolner didn't just pull over at first, but suspected alcohol might have played its part.

"To know for sure you would have to ask him," he said. "But he was unlicensed and under the influence, and that might have been a factor in his decision."

Zolner has been charged by the sheriff's department with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding (97 mph in a 55 mph zone), reckless driving, first-degree reckless endangerment and two counts of second-degree assault.

The Salamanca Police Department has also charged him with speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, unsafe turn, reckless driving, three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle and unlawful fleeing a police officer.

He was arraigned in Salamanca City Court on Thursday morning and released on his own recognizance. He will appear in both Salamanca and Little Valley courts later.

And to think the court released him with out bail, on his own even after he injured occupants who ended up being taken to hospital by helicopters; that wass really pathetic!

please dont be stupid

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#16 Feb 20, 2011
OH YES, AN OUTSTANDING CITIZEN OF THE COMMUNITY!

After the bars was closed probably trying to get to Springville for the 4 am last call, what a dumb ass and if anyone wants to stick up for someone like this then they either have a screw missing or did the same thing in their youth!
How about the passengers, how stupid were they to get into the car with this punk ass drunken dumb ass!

Hey Sally, what if this guy had your daughter in the car coming home froma date and pulled this stunt, would you be so supportive of his actions? No you probably would of call the police and demanded action taken against him, even of he drove away then the cops said well we can't go after him because we can't want to get him off the roadway by driving fast, bet you would of been pissed then! Sally, your comments were those of a real dumb ass!

Read the article!:
Driver Charged In April Crash
June 5, 2009 - By Robert Rizzuto, [email protected]
Save | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

SALAMANCA - The driver of a vehicle that fled from police in April and eventually crashed on a seasonal highway in Cattaraugus County has been charged and arraigned.

Curtis W. Zolner, 23, of Salamanca has been charged with a number of offenses by both the Salamanca Police and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department, all stemming from the incident that sent him and three of his friends to the hospital.

On April 25 around 2:24 a.m., Zolner was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix on East State Street in Salamanca when an oncoming police vehicle allegedly clocked it going 76 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer turned around and attempted to pursue the vehicle, but it quickly disappeared.

He sent out a bulletin with a description of the vehicle and a few minutes later, it was spotted by another Salamanca officer and a deputy.

According to Cattaraugus County Undersheriff Tim Whitcomb, the Pontiac drove onto a seasonal highway and kicked up so much dirt and dust that the patrols in pursuit slowed down.

"The road they went up only leads to a few others so we positioned patrols around the area and no one was pursuing it at that point," he said in a previous interview. "Then one of our deputies who was parked on Whig Street saw a vehicle speeding toward him and he called it in. About 20 seconds later, he advised dispatch that it had crashed into a bridge."

Whitcomb said at the time of the crash, the closest patrol was about a half-mile away from the Pontiac and no one was chasing it.

Zolner had to be taken to the Hamot Medical Center by Starflight with serious injuries and a passenger, 24-year-old Silas U. Attwood, also of Salamanca, was taken to the Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight.

Two other passengers, 20-year-old Daniel G. Bialaszewski and 27-year-old Rachel A. Jackson were taken to Olean General Hospital by ambulance.

Whitcomb said he doesn't know why Zolner didn't just pull over at first, but suspected alcohol might have played its part.

"To know for sure you would have to ask him," he said. "But he was unlicensed and under the influence, and that might have been a factor in his decision."

Zolner has been charged by the sheriff's department with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding (97 mph in a 55 mph zone), reckless driving, first-degree reckless endangerment and two counts of second-degree assault.

The Salamanca Police Department has also charged him with speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, unsafe turn, reckless driving, three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle and unlawful fleeing a police officer.

He was arraigned in Salamanca City Court on Thursday morning and released on his own recognizance. He will appear in both Salamanca and Little Valley courts later.

And to think the court released him with out bail, on his own even after he injured occupants who ended up being taken to hospital by helicopters; that was really pathetic!

please dont be stupid

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#17 Feb 20, 2011
OH YES, AN OUTSTANDING CITIZEN OF THE COMMUNITY!

After the bars was closed probably trying to get to Springville for the 4 am last call, what a dumb ass and if anyone wants to stick up for someone like this then they either have a screw missing or did the same thing in their youth!
How about the passengers, how stupid were they to get into the car with this punk ass drunken dumb ass!

Hey Sally, what if this guy had your daughter in the car coming home froma date and pulled this stunt, would you be so supportive of his actions? No you probably would of call the police and demanded action taken against him, even of he drove away then the cops said well we can't go after him because we can't want to get him off the roadway by driving fast, bet you would of been pissed then! Sally, your comments were those of a real dumb ass!

He was arraigned in Salamanca City Court on Thursday morning and released on his own recognizance. He will appear in both Salamanca and Little Valley courts later.

And to think the court released him with out bail, on his own even after he injured occupants who ended up being taken to hospital by helicopters; that wass really pathetic!

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