4 arrested after police pursuit ends on Rochester’s northwest side

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Four people were arrested after a police pursuit that started in Rochester, entered Gates and ended on Rochester’s northwest side Friday afternoon.

New York State Police attempted to stop a vehicle for a seatbelt violation, and during the pursuit, troopers say they saw someone throw a loaded 9 mm handgun from the vehicle as well as a small bag of cocaine. Troopers say the crash ended when the driver hit an uninvolved vehicle and a police vehicle and a brief struggle between the suspects and arresting officers.

Detaji Parris, 24, who troopers say was the driver, Monzellius Sims, 22 and Sylvester C. Johnson, 30, and a 16-year-old were arrested.

All four of the suspects were charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of third degree criminal possession of a weapon for high capacity magazines and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The three adults were also charged with third degree criminal possession of a weapon for prior convictions.

Parris and Johnson were also charged with second degree assault for the struggle. One trooper was hit in the face and another has an injured hand.