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City Man Faces Charges After Police Pursuit

A Jamestown man who led police on a high-speed pursuit before crashing on railroad tracks is facing a host of charges.

The Jamestown Police Department announced the arrest of 40-year-old Michael G. Newman on Friday that began as a traffic stop around 9:40 p.m. in the area of West Eighth and Washington streets.

In a news release, JPD said during the stop Newman “took off at a high rate of speed.”

At one point during the pursuit, Newman reportedly struck a parked vehicle in a driveway off Locust Alley. He then drove down a steep embankment, from West Third to West Second streets, where he gained access to the railroad tracks.

“The suspect vehicle crashed on the tracks, and after a short foot pursuit, officers were able to take the suspect into custody without incident,” JPD said.

Newman, currently on New York state parole, was held for arraignment on the following charges: third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to stop at a stop sign, failure to have ignition interlock, speeding and failure to signal.

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