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Carjacker on parole leads Batavia police on high-speed chase

A Rochester parolee led Batavia police on a high-speed chase Tuesday after authorities said he commandeered a vehicle from a 76-year-old victim.

According to the Batavia Police Department, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office received a call from the victim about 8:30 a.m., shortly after the carjacking near 99 Jackson St.

Constantine D. Murrell/ courtesy City of Batavia Police Department

After receiving a description of the stolen vehicle, police spotted a matching vehicle, which they attempted to pull over. The driver refused and led officers on a pursuit that reached speeds in excess of 65 mph, police said. The chase ended when the stolen vehicle hit another vehicle and careened into a tree and a signpost at the entrance to the Batavia VA Medical Center campus at Richmond Avenue and Redfield Parkway.

Constantine D. Murrell, 35, was charged with second-degree robbery, third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer and a number of vehicle and traffic charges. He was being held in the Genesee County Jail.

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