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Two drivers charged after pursuit in Dunkirk

DUNKIRK – Two motorists involved in a collision in the Town of Dunkirk were arrested Monday night after trying to evade Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies reported that they tried to pull over a sedan and a sport utility vehicle after they were seen driving erratically on South Roberts Road in the Town of Sheridan. Both failed to stop, deputies said, and the SUV started hitting the back of the sedan.

The vehicles finally stopped on Route 20, and while deputies were taking the driver of the SUV into custody, the sedan pulled away.

Deputies then followed the sedan and, after a short pursuit, took its driver into custody as well.

Deputies said they learned that the sedan damaged the SUV in the Town of Dunkirk, before their drivers traveled through the Towns of Pomfret and Sheridan. Both drivers live on West Second Street in the City of Dunkirk.

Jorge Manuel Negron-Velazquez, 31, who was driving the sedan, and Nancy Flores-Colon, 43, who was driving the SUV, were charged with felony counts of criminal mischief and misdemeanor counts of obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest. Both also were charged with a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child; deputies said there was a youth traveling in the SUV.

Both drivers also were cited for violations of vehicle and traffic law, including failure to comply with a lawful order. Negron-Velazquez also was charged with leaving the scene of a property-damage accident.

Following arraignment in Pomfret Town Court, they were sent to the county jail in lieu of unspecified bail. Deputies said additional charges are pending.