East Rochester Police: Officer hit by stolen car at Vision Kia dealership

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – An East Rochester police officer responding to a burglary in progress call, voided serious injuries after a suspect behind the wheel of a stolen car intentionally drove right into him.

This happened in the parking lot of Vision Kia on East Linden Avenue, where several teenagers attempted to steal a vehicle.

Police say the suspects are as young as 13-years-old, the oldest being only 15.

East Rochester Police say officer Tim Newcombe arrived at the dealership about 1:30 Saturday morning. He was joined by Monroe County Deputies, and they encountered the young suspects leaving the dealership. Police Chief Michael Brandenburg tells us they arrived in two previously stolen cars and attempted to steal a third. They left one behind.

After Newcombe was hit, Brandenburg says he continued trying to catch the suspects. Police chased one vehicle down West Linden Avenue before it crashed at the intersection of State Route 441. Brandenburg says suspects in the second call also took off. That chase ended when they crashed into the Techni-Plex at the intersection of West Commercial and Main Streets. All but one of the teens were arrested, and most of them were given appearance tickets.

Chief Michael Brandenburg, East Rochester Police Department.

” You know it’s unfortunate we got to work within the parameters that we are given. I have talked to probation and they’re gonna do as best as they can to get whatever charges and hold them accountable as best they can in what they can do.”

Officer Newcombe was treated for minor injuries at Rochester General Hospital and has returned to work in East Rochester.