Lakewood man charged after stealing second car from dealership

Collin A. Slack

LAKEWOOD – A Lakewood man charged earlier this year for stealing a car from an area dealership and crashing it in Florida is again facing a host of charges after a high-speed pursuit Tuesday in a stolen vehicle that reportedly reached 130 mph.

Taken into custody was 22-year-old Collin A. Slack after troopers with the New York State Police attempted to stop the sedan he was in for speeding in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 86. As the trooper approached the vehicle, Slack allegedly pulled away, traveling westbound on I-86 in excess of 100 mph. The pursuit included the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Lakewood-Busti Police Department.

The vehicle’s tires were punctured after “Stop Sticks” were deployed on the interstate near Sherman. After the vehicle became disabled, Slack reportedly fled into the woods, but was taken into custody about a mile from the interstate.

The Lakewood man was charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief, two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.

Slack is facing an additional charge of third-degree burglary with the Lakewood-Busti Police Department for a burglary that took place Monday. Balon said the vehicle involved in Tuesday’s incident was again stolen from a local car dealership.

A call to Lakewood-Busti police was not returned. Slack was scheduled to be arraigned on the charges.

In September, police reported that Slack had broken into Jamestown Honda on East Fairmount Avenue earlier this year and stole a 2018 Honda Accord, a state dealer license plate and cash. Slack was taken into custody in April following a pursuit and crash in Florida.

At the time of the incident, Lakewood-Busti police and the Chautauqua County Crime Scene Investigation Unit had been investigating a burglary at the dealership where police said Slack was a former employee.

Investigators learned where Slack was located in Florida when the Accord passed through a toll booth. The Lakewood man was charged at the time with burglary, grand larceny, criminal mischief and petit larceny.

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