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Police: Syracuse man in stolen car fled officers, crashed car, then tried hiding in weeds

Kobe Lang (Syracuse Police)

A Syracuse man was arrested for fleeing officers in a stolen car after a traffic stop.

According to Syracuse Police, officers conducted a vehicle traffic stop of a gray Lincoln in the 300 block of Park Street.

The vehicle was being operated by Kobe S. Lang, 19, of Syracuse. While officers were speaking to Lang, he put the car in drive and drove away.

The officers returned to their patrol car and pursued Lang, who refused to pull over for police and a traffic pursuit ensued. It ended when Lang struck a utility pole at the intersection of Bear Street and Sunset Avenue.

Police said Lang then excited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.

One of the officers then saw Lang throw a handgun into the weeds as he was running away from police. Police said Lang tried to conceal himself in the tall grass bit was eventually called out and taken into custody.

Officers conducted a ground search and found a loaded and defaced Hi-Point Firearms Model CF .380 caliber handgun. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Lang was operating a vehicle that had been stolen.

Lang was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, Possession of a Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, Unlawful Fleeing of a Police Officer in the Third Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree and various vehicle and traffic law infractions.

He was lodged at the Onondaga County Justice Center pending his arraignment

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