JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown man who led police on a two-mile chase from Jamestown to a hotel in Falconer on Tuesday afternoon has been charged with drug possession and attempted assault for trying to hit police officers with his vehicle.
The driver nearly struck approaching officers from the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force as he fled the scene on Falconer Street in Jamestown, according to authorities.
Police followed Donald W. Dean east on Falconer Street and into the Village of Falconer. Dean, 41, drove into a wooded area behind the Red Roof Inn on East Main Street, got out of his car and ran.
After a brief foot chase, police apprehended Dean. They searched the hotel room he rented and found a quantity of methamphetamine.
Police charged Dean with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of first-degree attempted assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and reckless driving. He faces additional traffic and criminal charges and was being held in the Jamestown City Jail awaiting arraignment.
Town of Ellicott Police, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and State Police assisted during the pursuit.