Spike strips used to put an end to high speed chase

WESTFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) – Deputies used spike strips late Thursday night to deflate a vehicle’s tires when the driver refused to stop.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office was told by Pennsylvania State Police that a vehicle they were pursuing had crossed the state line and was coming their way on Rt. 5 around 10:20 p.m. on Thursday.

Deputies spotted the vehicle going at a high rate of speed in Westfield and attempted to stop the driver, but to no avail. Authorities deployed spike strips, which deflated the vehicle’s tires in Portland. The driver, 20-year-old Justin Baker of Erie, Pennsylvania, was taken into custody when his vehicle came to a stop.

Authorities say Baker was driving under the influence of drugs. He is facing charges of DWAI by drugs, two counts of third degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of reckless driving, as well as numerous vehicle and traffic law violations.

After being arraigned, Baker was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail on $10,000 bail.

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