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Jamestown man picks wrong spot to elude authorities

BEMUS POINT – A 23-year-old Jamestown man ended up in jail Tuesday after he tried to duck State Police near where K-9 units of three local law enforcement agencies were conducting field training exercises.

Richard Rolfe was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail following his noontime arraignment in Ellery Town Court on charges of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Troopers were called here about 11 a.m. after a call of a suspicious person who broke a front window on a house and then drove off.

When troopers arrived moments later they were told the suspect was Rolfe and his car was described. While driving on S. Lakeside Avenue Rolfe drove past a state police patrol car which turned and pursued him until he got out of his car and fled on foot. Troopers recruited K-9 units from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Jamestown and Lackwood-Busti Police departments who were then involved in nearby field training exercises.

The K-9 officers and troopers tracked footprints in the snow to the nearby Lenhart Hotel where Rolfe was captured as he tried to run away again, police said.

The motive for his alleged actions was not disclosed by state police.