Two nabbed near Dunkirk in chase plead guilty
Two Michigan men nabbed near Dunkirk have entered a guilty plea in a high-speed chase from an immigration checkpoint.
U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that Donyell Williams, 26, and Johnny Greer, 19, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr.The charge carries carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $250,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that on March 5, at approximately 9:54 p.m., defendant Williams was driving a Jeep Commander with Ohio license plates on the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. Co-defendant Greer was a passenger in the vehicle. As the defendants drove towards the Lewiston Port of Entry, they failed to stop for federal inspection despite numerous “stop” signs posted by Customs and Border Protection. Williams instead proceeded to accelerate through a commercial truck lane and then drove around a tire deflating strip. While being pursued by CBP officers and the New York State Police, Williams drove on the I-190 south to I-90 west at speeds ranging from 95 mph to 110 mph. A few hours later, at approximately 12:30 a.m. March 6, the Jeep Commander was located on the side of the road in the vicinity of Dunkirk and Williams and Greer were arrested.
The pleas are the result of an investigation by Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Director of Field Operations Rose Brophy, and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Jennifer H. Gottstine.
Greer is scheduled to be sentenced on July 27 and Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 25, both before Sinatra.