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High speed chase ends in arrest

JAY - Police took an alleged drunk driver into custody Oct. 7 after, they say, he attempted to flee police at speeds greater than 100 mph.

Earnest B. Dockum, 39, of Jay, is being charged with reckless endangerment and a slew of other violations after leading police on a high-speed chase through three local towns.

Lewis-based State Police were conducting stationary radar checks along Route 9 in Lewis around 4 p.m. when they clocked Dockum's 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup allegedly going 74 mph northbound in a 55 mph zone.

The trooper tried to pull the vehicle over, at which point, police say, Dockum refused to comply and immediately accelerated to speeds of 100 mph or more.

Police followed Dockum through Chesterfield and all the way to Au Sable Forks, where they stopped the pursuit for safety reasons. Patrols later spotted the truck in a nearby driveway and found Dockum walking along Sheldrake Road where he was taken into custody.

In addition to first degree reckless endangerment, Dockum is also charged with DWI refusal, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, and several moving violations. He was arraigned in Lewis Town Court and remanded to Essex County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.

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