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Car thief who led Niagara police in 115 mph chase goes to prison

LOCKPORT – A man who flunked out of a drug treatment program after his guilty plea in connection with a high-speed chase in a stolen car was sentenced Monday to one to three years in state prison.

Dakota J. Hewitt, 22, of Lake Road, Somerset, was sentenced by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III for fourth-degree grand larceny, which pertained to the theft of a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta in the Town of Lockport May 20.

A sheriff's deputy spotted the Jetta about 4:40 a.m. that day in Olcott, where there had been reports of vehicle break-ins, and chased the auto at speeds that exceeded 115 mph, deputies reported at the time.

Hewitt, who was driving, and co-defendant Christopher D. Spence, 23, of Dysinger Road, Lockport, fled on foot after crashing the Jetta at Hartland and Hartland-Somerset Townline roads. They were caught after a chase involving a police dog and a Department of Homeland Security helicopter.

Spence, who pleaded guilty to the same felony as Hewitt, remains in a court-supervised drug treatment program.


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