Occupants of stolen car arrested after vehicle crashes into Syracuse building

Four occupants of a stolen 2003 Saab were arrested after it crashed in the 500 block of Spencer Street.

Police say two officers were riding together when they spotted a Saab driving on the 1100 block of Park Street at about 12:25 a.m. Monday morning. They recognized the vehicle as one that had been reported stolen on Sunday.

Police say the officers stopped the vehicle in the 1800 block of Park Street. As officers approached the vehicle, the driver sped off in an attempt to elude police.

The officers initially began to pursue the stolen vehicle, but ended the chase after just a few blocks due to weather conditions and the reckless driving of the operator of the stolen vehicle.

Police say the officers were continuing to check the area where they last saw the vehicle when they were flagged down by another motorist who reported a crash in the 500 block of Spencer Street.

The officers responded to the crash and found the stolen Saab. The vehicle left the roadway and struck the outside wall of J&M Schaefer Inc. located at 501 Spencer Street.

The four occupants, all from Syracuse, were still inside the vehicle when police arrived. They were all taken into custody and then taken to Upstate Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver was identified as 27-year-old Daniel Carroll, of Graves Street.

The passengers were identified as 17-year-old Malik Richardson, of West Brighton Avenue, 27-year-old Djaquinn Johnson, of John Street, and 21-year-old Belinda Florence, of South Geddes Street.

All four suspects were charged with the misdemeanor of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Carroll was additionally charged with felony criminal possession of stolen property and the misdemeanors of unlawful fleeing of a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation, and several traffic tickets.

All four suspects are scheduled to appear in Syracuse City Criminal Court at a later date to answer their charges.