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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

WRIGHTS CORNERS — A 38-year-old Wilson man, TASERed by a Niagara County Sheriff's deputy, pulled the TASER prongs from his skin and fled a Ridge Road traffic stop, according to police reports. He was charged in Town of Newfane Court the following day.

Henry J. Leible, 4181 Wilson-Burt Road, was stopped at approximately 7:13 p.m. on Sept. 1 on Ridge Road after nearly striking a Niagara County Sheriff's deputy's patrol car, according to the arrest report, which stated that Leible continually disobeyed the deputy's directions during the stop.

After threatening to deploy his TASER once, the deputy said in his report that he was forced to use the TASER shortly thereafter when Leible attempted to run back towards the driver's side of his pickup truck.

"I attempted to grab him prior to him entering his vehicle, but he pushed me off of him," the report states. "So I withdrew my TASER and deployed it as he was standing inside of the door, before he could shut the door. It appeared that the metal prongs from the Taser did not fully connect with Henry's body. It appeared that he ripped out one of the prongs and threw some of the wiring onto the ground. He then fled inside of his vehicle west bound on Ridge Road."

Patrol called for backup and chased Leible on Ridge Road, reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. The pursuit then went to Coomer Road.

"While northbound on Coomer Road, Henry was digging for something inside of his vehicle. In the 2700 Block of Coomer Road, Henry threw what appeared to be a brown bag out of the passenger side window," the report says.

He continued at approximately 70 miles per hour on Coomer Road, turning westbound onto Wilson-Burt Road, where he turned northbound into an open field, approximately a mile from his residence on Wilson-Burt Road. The patrol units followed Henry into filed, until eventually losing sight of his vehicle a mile into the field/wooded area.

Several other patrol units were dispatched to the area including East Lake Road. His vehicle was located parked unoccupied at a Graham Drive address, which is off East Lake Road. Deputies searched the area for Leible, but had negative results. The vehicle was towed from the driveway.

NCSO located the brown bag/purse, which Leible had thrown out of his vehicle. It contained some drug paraphernalia and a very small amount of suspected marijuana.

Warrants for Leible's arrest were granted on the charges of third-degree unlawful fleeing of a police officer, resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and "numerous vehicle and traffic charges."

Leible was found on Sept. 2 and charged, according to Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour.

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