A 2019 Kia Sorento involved in an accident on South Avenue overnight Friday was reported stolen by its owner. The city resident said they had last seen the vehicle about 8:30 p.m. Friday after they parked it in their driveway on Ely Avenue. The owner said they could not find its keys and either left them in the car or in the front door lock by accident. The police department’s traffic unit is following up on the investigation.
A 27-year-old Falls man was arrested on several vehicle and traffic charges after nearly striking a police cruiser on Ashland Avenue early Saturday morning. A Falls police officer said they were on the way to a call about 12:30 a.m. when a red van with heavy windshield damage traveling at a high rate of speed crossed the double yellow line and almost struck them on Ashland. The man appeared intoxicated, police said, and told them he had damaged the vehicle’s windshield by hitting a stop sign earlier in the night. An open bottle of liquor was also found in the center console. The man submitted to a breath test, the results of which were withheld from the report. He also had blood drawn. He was released on an appearance ticket.
Niagara Falls police are investigating a crash on the 2200 block of South Avenue involving a 2019 Kia Sorrento and a 2014 Kia Sorrento. Arriving officers found the 2019 Kia in the middle of the road with heavy front-end and left rear damage. Officers noted there was a large amount of debris down the roadway. The vehicle was also unoccupied. The 2014 Kia was found in the front yard of a home with heavy front and rear side damage. A disorientated man was in the front passenger seat. He complained of a head injury and was very unsteady on his feet. Searching the area for the vehicles’ two drivers, officers heard a branch snap. After a short pursuit, the driver of the 2014 was taken into custody. The 22-year-old city woman said she ran a stop sign and struck the 2019 Kia. Officers noted she appeared intoxicated and a breath test determined her blood alcohol content to be 0.13%. An investigation is continuing.
A city vehicle was involved in an accident on Packard Road about 5 p.m. Saturday. A city of Niagara Falls worker told police he was out salting roads and made a right-hand turn onto Packard when he lost control of his vehicle and it spun into a fence, damaging the fence and asphalt around it. There was no damage to the vehicle.