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DWI arrest follows high-speed chase

A Cattaraugus County woman whose driver's license has been suspended 12 times was charged with driving while intoxicated after leading deputies on a brief chase Sunday morning on the Aurora Expressway that reached speeds of 100 mph, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reported.

Deputy Gary Mosier was on patrol parked along the expressway, near Girdle Road in Elma, shortly before 9 a.m. when a northbound vehicle traveling at 90 mph sped past.

Mosier pursued the vehicle, which attempted to exit at Transit Road before continuing on the expressway and reaching a top speed of 100 mph.

Moments later, the driver tried to slow down before losing control of the vehicle and sliding it into a guardrail just north of Transit.

The driver ran from the vehicle and down a snowbank before Mosier and a state trooper took her into custody. No one was injured in the pursuit.

Nancy E. Lancaster, 44, of Yorkshire, was charged with DWI.

The charge later was upgraded to felony DWI because of previous DWI convictions, and Lancaster also was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Numerous additional charges are pending against Lancaster, and she is the subject of an arrest warrant from Cattaraugus County for other traffic violations.

She was taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment in West Seneca Town Court.

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