Buffalo Man Indicted in ATV Attack on Buffalo Police Officer

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A Buffalo man has been indicted on a charge of trying to run over a Buffalo Police officer with an ATV during the Juneteenth Festival.

40-year-old Cornelius Caddele of Buffalo has been arraigned before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi on an indictment charging him with one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a Class “D” felony, one count of Leaving the Scene of an Incident without Reporting, a Class “A” misdemeanor, and one count of Resisting Arrest, a Class “A” misdemeanor.

Prosecutors say Caddele was spotted by police bike patrols recklessly driving a Kawasaki ATV in the vicinity of Fillmore and Best on June 16th. Police say officers rode up to him to write a ticket when Caddele stopped at a red light. When Caddele saw the officers, police say he attempted to flee on the ATV. Police say Caddele ran over one of the officers who was still on his bicycle, dragging him underneath the ATV for about 15 feet. When the officer came out from under the ATV, prosecutors say Caddele did not stop, but instead led the police on a high-speed chase for several blocks before the police were finally able to apprehend him.  

The officer suffered road rash and injured his back. He has been unable to return to work since the incident.

Caddele is scheduled to return Tuesday, September 20, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. He was held on $15,000 bail. 

If convicted on all charges, Caddele faces a maximum of 7 years in prison.