Troopers: Rochester man arrested after speeding off, crashing U-Haul

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— A Rochester man is facing multiple after troopers say he sped away from police and then crashed the U-Haul he was driving Thursday night.

New York State Police say they tried to pull over Michael DeJesus for a traffic violation on 390, but as a trooper tried to walk up to the truck, they say DeJesus sped off. This started a chase, at which point police said somebody ran out of the truck, but it wasn’t the driver.

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

He was arrested and charged with reckless driving, obstructing governmental administration, unlawful fleeing a police officer, and a number of traffic tickets.

Police say they’re still trying to identify the other guy who ran off.