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Woman flees traffic stop, bites Good Samaritan, gets arrested

YORKSHIRE—A Chaffee woman is facing a number of charges after she fled from a traffic stop and was later involved in an altercation with a Good Samaritan Saturday evening, according to State Police.

At approximately 9:25 p.m. on Aug. 25, Cassie D. Craft was charged with unlawful fleeing from a police officer in a motor vehicle in the third degree, assault in the third degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and multiple vehicle and traffic law violations.


State Police report seeing Craft, 41, of Chaffee, traveling eastbound on West Yorkshire Road in the Town of Yorkshire, driving with only one headlight. Reportedly, Craft initially stopped on the shoulder of the roadway, but before police were able to approach her vehicle, she allegedly fled the scene.

“Craft traveled on numerous roadways before hitting a mailbox on Grove Street,” a report released by State Police reads.

The pursuit was discontinued at that time. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office received a call a short time later that Craft had driven into a backyard of a home on Grove Street, according to the State Police statement.

“A neighbor went outside to see if Craft was injured and Craft attempted to flee again,” the State Police statement continued. “The Good Samaritan attempted to get the keys out of the ignition, and Craft then bit him multiple times, tried to stab him with scissors and sprayed him with a can of air conditioner aerosol.”

State Police, who had arrived on scene, took Craft into custody. Craft was arraigned in the Town of Yorkshire and remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail.


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