JAMESTOWN - On Friday, Matthew Harrison, 34, of Jamestown was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, third-degree unlawful fleeing from a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving and several other traffic charges, including a speeding ticket for driving at 97 mph in a 30 mph zone.
A trooper was patrolling on McDaniel Avenue in Jamestown and had to leave the roadway to avoid a collision with a Ford F250 truck that had crossed over the center lines and into his lane. The officer attempted to pull over the truck, but the driver failed to comply and a pursuit was initiated. The officer pursued the truck on several streets through Jamestown, Ellicott, Celoron, and Lakewood. The Lakewood/Busti Police Department assisted by deploying a tire deflating device, succeeding in deflating the front two tires. Soon after, the driver lost control of the truck and exited the north side of West Summit Avenue in Lakewood, striking two trees, a utility pole, and two road signs.
The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot. He was quickly apprehended by the trooper and a police officer from Lakewood/Busti. The driver was identified as Harrison. He was taken to state police barracks in Jamestown where he provided a breath sample reported at .19 percent. Since he had been convicted of DWI within the preceding 10 years, the charge was upgraded to a felony.
Harrison was processed, arraigned in the Town of Busti Court, and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail.