NCSO Reports Police Chase in Niagara County, Intoxicated Driver Leads Law Enforcement from Wheatfield to Niagara Falls

NIAGARA COUNTY – Sheriff Michael Filicetti announces the arrest of 47 year old Michael Quarcini Jr. and 32 year old Heather L. Moody, both of Niagara Falls, following a vehicle pursuit through several Townships.  

On May 14, 2021, Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputy K. Kennedy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling  north on Walmore Road in the Town of Wheatfield. The vehicle refused to yield and continued north bound into the Town of Lewiston. The suspect vehicle continued to flee as it was pursued by both Sheriff’s Deputies and Officers of the Town of Niagara Police Department. While traveling west on Saunders’s Settlement Road, the suspect vehicle ultimately struck and rear ended another civilian vehicle. The suspect vehicle continued a short distance west then  came to a stop in the 1100 block of Saunders Settlement Road after becoming disabled from the crash. Quarcini and Moody were then taken into custody without further incident.

An 87 year old passenger of the rear ended vehicle was transported to Mount Saint Mary’s Hospital for the complaint of neck pain.  

Quarcini was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Unlawful Fleeing of a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle-3rd Degree, Leaving the Scene of an Injury Accident, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 2nd Degree, Reckless Driving and multiple other vehicle and traffic charges. Quarcini also had an active warrant out of the City of Tonawanda for Petit Larceny. The passenger, 32 year old Heather Moody was taken into custody on an active warrant also out of the City of Tonawanda for Burglary in the 3rd Degree. Moody was transferred into the custody of the City of Tonawanda Police.

Quarcini was remanded to the Niagara County Jail pending arraignment on his charges. Quarcini and Moody were involved in a similar incident in Niagara County on January 10, 2021. During that incident, a vehicle occupied by the pair was pursued by multiple law enforcement agencies through several jurisdictions with Quarcini as the vehicle operator.

That pursuit ended on Pierce Avenue in the City of Niagara Falls after the suspect vehicle became disabled due to striking a police tire deflation device. Following their apprehension at that time, Quarcini was taken into custody on multiple vehicle and traffic charges and both also had outstanding warrants.