Man who assaulted officer gets plea deal


WARSAW — A Warsaw man who led police on a high-speed chase and then fought with police accepted a plea deal last week in Wyoming County Court.

Jamie S. Kraft, 35, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI and reckless driving and speeding as traffic infractions.

Kraft had faced numerous other charges, including felony assault on a police officer stemming from the Jan. 6 chase that began about 7 a.m. in the village of Warsaw.

Deputies attempted to stop Kraft for speeding 56 in a 30 mph. Kraft sped away, leading deputies on a chase through the village and onto Route 20A and then onto Route 238 in Attica, where speeds reached more than 90 mph.

Deputies at the time said Kraft did not have his headlights on and was passing people in no-passing zones.

When he finally stopped, deputies found that Kraft was drunk and had alcohol in the car.

He fought with police before being subdued. An Attica officer was injured and treated at Wyoming County Community Hospital.

Kraft had been charged with felony second-degree assault, felony DWI, reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing, resisting arrest, reckless driving as a misdemeanor, refusing a breath test, unsafe passing, open container, speeding and equipment violations.

Those charges will be dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Kraft is scheduled to be sentenced April 15.

Also in County Court last week:

n Ryan P. Donnelly, 36, of Wales was sentenced to 1 3/4 to 3 1/2 years in prison, with shock incarceration suggested.

Donnelly, a Level 3 sex offender, stole an all-terrain vehicle from a barn in Sheldon last year.

n Dennis Kuder of Castile was arraigned on charges of felony menacing a police officer and pleaded guilty to attempted menacing. He was placed on one year of interim probation and, if successfully, would be allowed to plead to a lesser charge and avoid a state prison term.

n Judge Michael Mohun set at trial date for May 17 for Jillian Winarske of Alden. She is charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.

n Corey B. Rieser, 33, of Clarence was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and had his license revoked for driving while impaired by drugs.

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