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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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