Tonawanda News


July 2, 2014

Man found on path after fleeing police

Tonawanda News — A 21-year-old Akron man was caught by police in his vehicle on a Niawanda Park walking trail early Saturday after fleeing the scene of an accident, police said. 

Matthew J. Warner, 21, of Fletcher Road, was found at 1:33 a.m. in the park. It was the third day in a row Tonawanda police arrested an individual who struck an object before fleeing the scene. 

Capt. Frederic Foels said Warner had backed into another vehicle on Main Street a short while before his arrest. 

“He rear-ended the vehicle downtown,” Foels said. “The guy who got hit went up to him and Warner backed up and took off. The victim of the accident took a picture of the license plate with his cell phone.” 

As police searched the Niagara Street area, Foels said, officers spotted a set of headlights on the pathway on the west end of Niawanda Park.

Foels said Warner told police he left the Main Street accident because he “was scared,” also asking officers if he was in Buffalo. 

“He did admit to the offense,” Foels said. “He said he got scared. The victim had the wherewithal to take the photo so it was just a matter of time before we got him.”

Warner was charged with DWI, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident. He refused a breathalyzer test and was held for court. 

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