Two people in custody after police chase in stolen vehicle ended with crash into police vehicles

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Two people are in custody after a police chase that ended on Jay and Grape streets on Rochester’s west side on Tuesday.

Officials say the chase started with a theft in Gates. The Gates Police Department tried to stop a car that took off and drove toward the city. That’s when Rochester Police and New York State Troopers got involved.

According to the Gates police Department, police received a dispatched call for a shoplifting and larceny in progress at the Dollar Tree on Spencerport Road, for two people stealing items. While officers were responding there, another Gates Police sergeant tried to stop someone speeding on Buffalo Road, and the vehicle refused to stop and took off. A pursuit ended on Jay Street in the city when the vehicle crashed into multiple police vehicles, damaging two Gates patrol vehicles and one trooper vehicle. No officers were hurt.

The vehicle was listed as stolen, and the driver and passenger — the Dollar Tree suspects, according to police — were taken into custody. The driver was evaluated by medical staff.

Gregory Brandon, left, and Riley VanBrederode. (Photo provided: Gates Police Department)

The driver — Gregory Brandon, 41, of Rochester — was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and multiple misdemeanors including petit larceny, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. Brandon, who has seven previous misdemeanor convictions, was remanded to the Monroe County Jail without bail.

The passenger — Riley VanBrederode, 30, of Rochester — was charged with petit larceny and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She had multiple active warrants — though no previous convictions — and was remanded to the Monroe County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail, $6,000 bond or $15,000 partially secured bond.

News10NBC’s photojournalist on scene saw several police cars. He says it appeared that the suspect’s car crashed into two police cruisers. No one was injured. This is a developing story.