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Police chase ends in crash
Rochester, N.Y. - A high speed police chase that spanned two counties, starting in Macedon and ending in Rochester, resulted in a serious crash that sent four people to the hospital Friday.
They were bound and determined to get away, said Macedon Police Chief John Colella. "They had total disregard for not only the officers but the rest of the motoring public.
Colella said the suspects stole a bottle of alcohol from Cedar Liquors in Macedon.
He was the first to respond to the shoplifting report and located the red pickup truck in the Wal-Mart parking lot, next to the liquor store.
They drove directly at my vehicle. At the last second I was able to not get struck I don't know how I did it, said Colella.
Colella said trying to smash into his police cruiser was the game changer that started the high speed chase, which went on for about 20 miles.
According to police, the red Ford pickup truck, driven by Charles Domicello, 48, of Rochester, was finally stopped by an innocent driver whose SUV was broadsided at the intersection of East Main and Hall streets and flipped on its side.
The SUV driver is Martin McMillan, Deputy Chief of the Rochester Fire Department, who was off-duty at the time of the crash. McMillan and the three inside the truck all had to be extracted from their vehicles and were rushed to the trauma center at Strong Hospital.
That much injury over a $35 bottle of liquor, it just seems obscene, said Michael Lord, the store clerk at Cedar Liquors.
Lord said the three suspects stole a bottle of Sambuca from the store.
We had three bottles and we noticed one was missing when they left the store.
Surveillance cameras captured two women and a man inside the store moments before Lord said he called police.
Lord said the three people took off in a red pickup truck.
We said which way they had left and which way they were headed and handed it off to Macedon PD.
Wayne and Monroe County Sheriffs departments assisted Macedon police in the chase but just outside of Rochester, all of the responding officers got stuck behind a tractor trailer and lost sight of the truck.
Colella said, At that point we were going to call to terminate the pursuit due to the fact that being in the city and not really knowing our where abouts that much.
Once police got around the tractor trailer, they pulled up to the scene of the accident.
Colella said the three people in the truck suffered injuries to their lower bodies and a number of stolen items from several different stores were found inside that vehicle.
McMillan, the SUV driver, is in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Domicello is facing multiple charges, including Resisting Arrest, Petit Larceny, and Reckless Endangerment, among other charges.
Police drew blood from Domicello as well for possibly being under the influence of narcotics.
The other two suspects in the vehicle, Jessica Cuthbert, 29 of Rochester, and Angela Urso, 46, also of Rochester, are facing Petit Larceny and Burglary charges.