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Police: Man with drugs, 11 license suspensions leads authorities on 2-county pursuit

A police pursuit through two counties early Wednesday morning ended with the arrest of a Gowanda man whose driver's license has been suspended 11 times, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said.

The pursuit involving officers from six departments started on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation and ended in Hamburg after Evans police deployed spikes to puncture the vehicle's tires.

Michael Penvose, 37, was eventually arrested at Southwestern Boulevard and Pleasant Avenue, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies found methamphetamine in Penvose's vehicle, officials said. He was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, criminal possession of methamphetamine, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, reckless driving, unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a vehicle and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A passenger, Laura Park, 29, of Angola, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, deputies said.

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