A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to a felony count of first degree assault, resulting from a high-speed crash that ensued after he was subject to a traffic stop by Buffalo police.
Andre Goldsmith, 30, was driving a car with dark-tinted windows and no license plate light on the night of Dec. 23, 2018 when police pulled him over on East Ferry Street near Wohlers Avenue, on the city's East Side.
As officers approached the stopped vehicle, the driver sped away. He then struck a Buffalo Police Housing Unit vehicle, which spun it around, and the defendant's vehicle ended up stuck between a light post and the side entrance of True Bethel Baptist Church.
Both he and a passenger had to be extricated from the vehicle. The passenger was injured, as were the two officers in the struck police vehicle.
Goldsmith faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 9. He is currently being held without bail.