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Submitted by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office
On Sunday, at 2:10 p.m., Deputy Battaglia observed a vehicle traveling south on Niagara Falls Boulevard at a high rate of speed. Deputy Battaglia attempted to pull the vehicle over, which started a vehicle pursuit.
The pursuit went from Niagara Falls Boulevard, north on Ward Road, east on Lockport Road, before ending on Mapleton Road. Another Niagara County Sheriff's Office patrol was able to successfully deploy spike strips on Lockport Road, causing the suspect vehicle's tires to deflate, ending the pursuit.
The driver of the vehicle was charged with unlawful fleeing of a police officer in the third degree (A misdemeanor), aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree (unclassified misdemeanor), reckless driving (unclassified misdemeanor), and several vehicle and traffic infractions.
Suspected narcotics were also recovered from the person apprehended.
Charges are pending upon analysis from the Niagara County Forensic Laboratory.
As a result of bail reform, the driver was issued appearance tickets and released.