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.
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