Man leads police on chase through four towns

Posted at 8:41 AM, Aug 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-20 08:41:52-04

A man took deputies on a wild ride Friday afternoon, passing through four towns in Chautauqua County.

Deputies say they were alerted around 2pm that a man wanted on outstanding warrants was driving on North Main Street in the Town of Ellicott. They along with Ellicott Police tried to stop the driver, identified as 31-year-old Austin Slater of Randolph, but say Slater took off.

Slater drove through Ellicott, Ellington, Gerry and Poland before deputies stopped his vehicle using spike strips on Gerry-Levant Road in Ellicott. With his car disabled, deputies say Slater fled into the woods.

Deputies pursued on foot and called in K9 units and air support. After a large scale search, a K9 officer found Slater hiding in dense brush in the woods.

Slater was arrested and charged with third degree unlawfully fleeing a police, second degree obstructing governmental administration, reckless driving, failure to comply with a lawful order, second degree aggravated unlicensed operation, operating without an ignition interlock device, and speeding.