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Suspect commits suicide after chase

PLATTSBURGH - A wanted man led police on a high-speed chase for nearly an hour before taking his own life.

Reports indicate that the chase began at about 3:43 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. Route 11 in the town of Mooers after Border Patrol agents observed two occupants acting suspiciously inside a vehicle.

Police told media outlets that one agent recognized the male driver as a wanted man before he drove off at high speed.

The chase covered 25 miles of Interstate 87 near Plattsburgh, eventually ending in the parking lot of a gas station off State Route 3. But before sheriff's deputies could take the man into custody, he committed suicide with a firearm.

Officials have confirmed that no shots were fired by police.

The man has not been identified, but police say his vehicle is registered to a man wanted for robbery.

His passenger, an unidentified female, is being held by Plattsburgh-based state police. A pound of marijuana was recovered from the vehicle.

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