Rochester man facing charges after U-Haul chase

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — State Police say a man led them on a chase through Rochester in a U-Haul truck.

Troopers say they tried to pull over 33-year-old Michael DeJesus for a traffic violation on I-390 just before 10 p.m. Thursday.

He pulled over, but eventually took off. Troopers say he briefly pulled over during the chase to let another man out.

Soon after, the U-Haul crashed into a tree in the area of Sheldon Terrace and Stanfield Terrace and the driver ran off.

While troopers were investigating the crash scene, they say they found a cell phone, backpack, and paperwork all belonging to DeJesus.

Police say the suspect had a picture of himself as his phone’s lock screen, which troopers used to find him.

DeJesus was charged with reckless driving, second degree obstructing governmental administration, third degree aggravated unlicensed operation and third degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. He was also given traffic tickets.

Police are also looking for the passenger who ran out of the truck during the chase.