The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says 31 year-old Austin Slater led police on a pursuit through the towns of Ellicott, Ellington, Gerry and Poland.
The say the incident began just before 2 p.m. Friday when deputies were notified of a wanted person operating a vehicle on North Main St. Ext. in the town of Ellicott. When officers located the vehicle and attempted to pull it over, the driver – later identified as Slater, led them on a vehicle pursuit.
Sheriff’s deputies were eventually able to use spike strips on Gerry-Levant Rd in the Town of Ellicott to render the vehicle disabled. At that point it went into a field and Slater then allegedly ran into a wooded area. After a large scale search Slater was found hiding in dense brush.
Slater was taken into custody on the outstanding warrants and additionally arrested on several other charges, including Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd, Obstructing Government Administration 2nd, Reckless Driving, Failure to Comply with a Lawful Order, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd, Operating without an interlock device, and speeding.