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A Cheektowaga man was arrested Thursday on multiple charges stemming from a traffic stop during which he fled, dragging an Erie County sheriff's deputy a short distance.

David M. Janosz, 31, who was taken into custody at his Willow Lawn Parkway residence, was charged with reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and several vehicle- and traffic-related charges, authorities announced Thursday afternoon.

Janosz was stopped for speeding at about 1 a.m. Thursday along the southbound Route 400 in Elma, deputies reported. But after he was told he was under arrest, he fled from the scene, dragging Deputy David Zamorek for a short distance.

Zamorek was not seriously hurt.

The chase continued south on the 400, onto Jamison Road and Schultz Road before Janosz eluded police by driving off into a wooded area. A search that included the Sheriff's Department helicopter failed to locate him.

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