CONCORDóJoseph D. Gambino, of Bolton Road in Springville, is being charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree after we was arrested Sunday, June 8 for driving 143 miles per hour.
Erie County Sheriff's deputy Brad Ballantyne observed Gambinoís vehicle being driven at a high speed on State Route 219, south of Genesee Road, in the town of Concord. The vehicle also had tinted windows and a loud muffler. Ballantyne attempted to stop the vehicle when 36-year-old Gambino accelerated, made a U-turn and continued northbound on Route 219, exiting at Genesee Road, heading east. Gambino blew through stop signs, did not stay in his lane, dangerously passed cars and was caught on radar traveling at a speed of 143 MPH in a 45 MPH zone.
Due to unsafe speeds, Ballantyne did not pursue the vehicle but kept it in his sights and coordinate the response of deputies Todd Jones and Matthew Krypel. Jones was able to stop the vehicle on Pratham and Middle roads in the town of Sardinia. Gambino was arrested without incident.
He is being charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree, unlawful fleeing of the police in the third degree, reckless driving and numerous other moving and equipment violations for the towns of Concord and Sardinia. Gambino is being held at the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.