Man follows his own car while calling police

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WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A man loaned his vehicle to his former girlfriend, but couldn’t get her to return it. So when he saw it being driven down Transit Road in West Seneca, he followed and called State Police.

Troopers caught up to the car around 10:30 p.m. Monday at the Kwik Fill gas station. Officers say there were three men in the car, and the driver was identified as 21-year-old Fred Johnson, Jr. of Buffalo. Police say Johnson claimed to have borrowed the car from a friend, but admitted he did not have a driver’s license.

The owner of the vehicle told troopers he didn’t know any of the men inside the vehicle.

Investigators say while continuing to interview the vehicle’s occupants, they spotted a small bag of marijuana and a small bag of cocaine inside the car. Though he initially denied ownership, troopers say Johnson eventually admitted the drugs belonged to him.

Johnson was arrested for third degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

In addition, State Police found the Buffalo man was wanted in Cheektowaga on a warrant for larceny. He was turned over to Cheektowaga Police.

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