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Dunkirk man charged following police chase

A Dunkirk man was arrested on drug charges following a police chase.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday around 1:15 p.m. deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on South Roberts Road in the Town of Sheridan. The vehicle failed to comply and lead investigators on a vehicle pursuit. The vehicle traveled through the towns of Sheridan, Arkwright and into Pomfret. The vehicle came to rest on Spoden Road in the Town of Pomfret.

The operator was identified as Philip A. Decker, 26 of Dunkirk. Through investigation, Decker was allegedly found to be operating his motor vehicle impaired by drugs. A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed Decker to be in possession of 19 grams of methamphetamine, a small quantity of cocaine and a brass knuckle knife.

Decker was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while ability impaired by drugs, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and second-degree criminal using drug paraphernalia.

Decker was arraigned at the county jail where he was released on his own recognizance.

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