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2 men arrested after crashing into utility pole while fleeing scene where shots were fired in Utica

Two men were arrested after crashing into a utility pole on Blandina Street following a shots fired incident in Utica Thursday night.

Posted: May 22, 2020 7:42 AM
Updated: May 22, 2020 5:24 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Two men were arrested after crashing into a utility pole on Blandina Street following a shots fired incident in Utica Thursday night.

The two suspects, 19-year-old Sirr Roberts and 23-year-old Tyshawn Rhines, were both injured in the accident.

Utica police initially responded to a report of shots fired at the intersection of Sunset Avenue and Shaw Street around 11 p.m., where witnesses say two men inside a silver Dodge Caravan were shooting at another car.

Police say several 9mm and .40 caliber casings were found at the scene.

Officers attempted to stop a silver Dodge Caravan nearby, but the driver would not pull over. Police say they had to stop pursuing the vehicle because the reckless driving was causing a public safety issue.

Around 11:45 p.m., officers were called to the 700 block of Blandina Street for an accident, where they found a silver Dodge Caravan had struck a utility pole.

Roberts, of Utica, was found on the ground at the scene suffering from leg injuries.

Police found a loaded 9mm handgun on the floor board of the car, in plain sight, as well as a wallet belonging to Rhines.

Roberts was arrested and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Soon after, Rhines went to the hospital on his own with a broken arm, saying it happened in a car accident. He would not provide information about the incident, but identified himself as the man whose wallet police found at the scene.

Both men are charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. Rhines also faces a second count of criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, and more charges are likely.

More than 60 homes were left without power following the crash. National Grid had fully restored power to the area by 7 a.m. Friday morning.

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