Chase suspect faces more charges


Few people, if any, have terrorized area roads and other drivers like Patrick T. Fuhr has done in the past three months.

Fuhr has now been arrested in five counties since November after Genesee County sheriff’s deputies charged him Thursday with numerous counts related to a high-speed chase last week.

Fuhr, 61, of Cheektowaga, was charged with unlawful fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to stop at a stop sign and numerous vehicle and traffic law violations.

He also faces charges in Livingston and Erie counties related to the chase that began in Livingston the night of Jan. 29.

Deputies in both counties were on the alert for Fuhr, who reached speeds of more than 100 mph as he eluded police.

The chase in the city began when Fuhr went through a stop sign at Richmond and Union. The pursuit continued west at speeds of more than 100 mph through the town of Batavia and into Pembroke, where Fuhr apparently was able to get on the NYS Thruway.

He was eventually stopped on the Thruway and taken into custody.

Fuhr was turned over to Wyoming County, where he was wanted on a Superior Court warrant.

He remains in Wyoming County Jail.

The charges in Genesee are just the latest for Fuhr, a three-time convicted felon with numerous drug and drunk-driving related arrests and convictions.

This is what Fuhr has allegedly done since November:

n On Nov. 16, Livingston County deputies found Fuhr passed out at the wheel of a car parked along Mount Morris-Nunda Road at 7:45 a.m.

Deputies determined that Furh was under the influence of multiple drugs and that he had a license that had been suspended or revoked 13 times, with the last being for a December 2019 driving while impaired by drugs conviction.

He was also found with meth and crack cocaine.

Fuhr spent the night in jail before being released the next day because of state bail reform laws.

n On Nov. 18, the day after his release from jail, Fuhr was driving on Route 20A in Perry. Witnesses told police that he was weaving and forcing other drivers off the road.

Fuhr, driving a 1995 Mercury Villager, went off the road, into an embankment, back across both lanes of road before the van tumbled down a steep ravine.

Fuhr’s vehicle was found to be unregistered with no license plates on it.

Fuhr was allegedly found to be in possession of a glass vial which contained suspected crack cocaine, and following field sobriety testing Fuhr was arrested for felony DWAI/drugs.

Fuhr was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where he was evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert, and was determined to be impaired by multiple categories of drugs.

He was charged with felony driving while impaired by drugs, felony driving while impaired by multiple drugs, felony aggravated unlicensed operation, criminal possession of a controlled substance and numerous traffic violations.

He was turned over to the Wyoming County Jail for processing, where he was then found to have another vial of crack and was additionally charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Fuhr was jailed but was later released.

n On Dec. 13, Fuhr was driving on Route 305 in Cuba, Allegany County, when he lost control of his car and rolled it over. State police charged him with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property after it was determined the car had been stolen. He also was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and has other charges pending.

Fuhr also was charged last year in July in Olean with drug possession.

In 2008, Fuhr was the subject of an extensive investigation into a rental car scam in Erie County.

Fuhr was targeted after posing as a state police officer at a rental agency.

An investigation revealed he obtained about two dozen rental cars by using fake names and addresses, including those of police officers.

He was convicted a year later and sentenced to two to four years in state prison.

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