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WOMAN LEADS POLICE ON CHASE REACHING 110 MPH

A 23-year-old Derby woman led police from five different agencies on a chase that reached speeds up to 110 mph Wednesday evening as she sped away from two narcotics detectives in Lackawanna.

The detectives, Joseph Leo and Allen Knaszak, said tried to get the woman, described as a slender blond, to pull over in the southbound lane of Route 5 in Lackawanna to question her about crack cocaine.

Instead of stopping, she sped away, literally leaving the detectives behind in a cloud of dust as she made her way on construction lanes closed to traffic. Before the chase was over, State Police, Hamburg and Brant joined in the chase.

The chase ended at 6:20 p.m. on Route 5 near Route 438 when Evans Police Officers Charles Danzi and Robert Mackl took her into their custody after her car ran out of gas.

Evans Police Lt. Donald Hepkins said his department was trying to protect motorists from becoming involved in an accident with the speeding foreign-make car at the town's intersections.

"We had plenty of advance warning that she was coming our way," he said.

As Officers Danzi and Mackl handcuffed her, she told Lt. Hepkins: "All I was trying to do was to get to my mother."

The woman was charged by Evans police with driving under the influence of drugs, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and numerous traffic violations such as running red lights and stop signs. She also was charged with driving while her license was revoked.

Lt. Hepkins identified the driver as Malissa Perenc. He said she gave a Derby address, but that her mother lives in Irving. She was arraigned before Town Justice Timothy Cooper and was being held in the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of posting $1,000 bail.

"She may be a slender woman," Lt. Hepkins mused, "but she's got a heavy foot."

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