Driver Charged With DWI After High Speed Chase

6:53 AM, Aug 19, 2012   |    comments
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JAMESTOWN, N.Y. - A Chautauqua County man is facing several charges after leading police on a high speed chase through Jamestown.

New York State Police say Matthew Harrison, 34, of Jamestown, fled from officers after his Ford F-250 crossed the yellow line and forced a State Trooper off the road. The driver led police through several streets in the village before he hit a 'tire-deflating device' that successfully deflated his two front tires.

The truck then lost control off of West Summit Avenue in Lakewood and struck two trees, a utility pole, and two road signs disabling the vehicle. Harrison then reportedly attempted to run from the vehicle but was quickly apprehended by officers.

State Police have charged the suspect with felony driving while intoxicated after it was revealed he had been convicted with DWI in the past ten years. Harrison also faced charges of unlawful fleeing from a police officer, reckless driving, and a speeding ticket for driving 97 m.p.h. in a 30 m.p.h. zone. 

He was arraigned in the Town of Busti Court and has been remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail.


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