Update: High-speed chase ends in crash in Rochester

Updated: 12/02/2013 9:49 PM
Created: 12/02/2013 11:38 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

There is new information on the high-speed police chase that ended in a crash involving an innocent bystander on Black Friday.

Charles Domicello, the man accused of driving the get-away truck, was arraigned in his hospital room late Monday afternoon. The man driving the SUV that was hit by the speeding truck is Rochester Deputy Fire Chief Martin McMillan. He is in the hospital with a broken back.

Today we spoke with Macedon Police Chief John Colella. We asked him if he had any regrets about the chase that led to the crash. Colella tells us what started as a simple shoplifting case became a felony when the chief says the suspects tried to run him and his officers down. “Once the individual almost struck one officers car and then attempted to ram my vehicle, that's when it became a different story.”

Chief Colella says the suspects left the Macedon Walmart and raced towards Monroe County on Route 31. The chief says the chase zigzagged through Turk Hill Road and Ayrault road, quickly back onto 31 and then to 490 towards the city. Colella says they followed the pickup truck onto 590 North and then Blossom Road. He says the suspects turned right onto Winton Road and then left onto Main Street. Moments later the red pickup truck crashed into an SUV driven by the off duty deputy fire chief.

Executive Deputy Chief Bill Curran recounted his friend's story. “He takes a look to his left and he can see this truck coming and he goes 'oh boy.'  He said he saw the vehicle lock up its brakes and he says at that point he knew it was going to get hit.” The fire department says Chief McMillan was rescued by the fire fighters he supervises.

The Rochester Police Department has a strict no-chase policy and it’s meant to avoid situations like this.

We asked Chief Colella if he had any regrets about the chase. He said, “It weighs heavy on my heart about what took place with the deputy chief and that's something that's going to be with me for quite some time. I will stand by my actions and the actions of my officers. If individuals think they're going to come to our community and attempt to harm my officers or myself then we're going to do what we have to do keeping in bounds of the safety of others.”

We asked the Rochester Police Department if its no-chase policy applies to other agencies that come into the City and the answer is no.

The Macedon police chief told News10NBC they were in the process of stopping their pursuit when the accident happened – not because they were content to let the suspect go but because they would not be familiar with city streets.

There were a three people in the pickup truck at the time of the accident. The two other suspects, both women, will be arraigned on burglary charges as soon as they are out of the hospital. One is the sister of the accused driver, Charles Domicello. Police tell News10NBC Domicello has an extensive criminal history.

Editor’s Note: We want to make a correction to a story we reported at the beginning of today's newscast. We were telling you about a police chase that ended with a crash on Main Street in the city.  Police say that 48-year-old Charles Domicello was driving the truck that caused that crash and has been charged in connection with that crash. We mistakenly showed the picture of a relative of the same name. We apologize for the error.


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