Sheriff: Man found hiding in 1-year-old’s closet after fleeing deputy

TOWN OF WALES, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says a driver fled them, and is now facing charges.

Just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, deputies say they tried to pull over a vehicle in the Town of Aurora. When they tried this, deputies say the vehicle sped away and nearly hit another vehicle head-on.

Eventually, deputies say the vehicle pulled into a parking lot on Emery Rd. After this, deputies say the occupants fled behind some buildings.

Deputies began a search of the area and were able to follow footprints in the snow to a residence on Route 16 in the Town of Wales.

Holland resident Ryan Damude, 26, was then discovered hiding in a one-year-old’s bedroom closet, the Sheriff’s Office says.

Damude is facing a slew of charges, including burglary, aggravated unlicensed operation and DWI.

He was committed to the Erie County Holding Center.

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