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Mechanical problems foil Falls suspect’s getaway in chase

NIAGARA FALLS – A high-speed chase slowed to a low-speed chase Friday before the car stalled out completely and the driver, a Sixth Street man, unsuccefully tried to elude police on foot, police said.

Michael M. Pryor, 19, is charged with speeding, reckless driving, driving the wrong way on a one-way street, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

Police said Pryor had been pulled over by State Police shortly before 10 a.m. at Highland and Centre avenues but took off at high speed, with a Niagara Falls officer joining the chase.

When the suspect’s car began smoking and backfiring, however, the chase slowed to 15 mph before Pryor jumped out and fled through yards and over fences, said police, who added that the suspect was driving on a suspended learner’s permit.

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