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Niagara Falls man arrested after stolen car gets stuck on soggy lawn

A Niagara Falls man was arrested on numerous charges in Cambria recently after the stolen car he was driving left the highway in the 5100 block of Saunders Settlement Road and became stuck in a soggy lawn, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported.

Deputies chased the vehicle for several miles on the night of March 19 after noticing its erratic operation and improper license plate. The driver reached speeds of 71 mph and ignored numerous stop signs and traffic lights, they said.

After the car became immobilized, the driver jumped out and hopped a fence before deputies cornered him. Johnny K. Hilson 27, of Fairfield Avenue, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property after deputies determined that the vehicle was stolen earlier that day in Niagara Falls.

Hilson was additionally charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and numerous other counts. Deputies said he also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on a robbery charge in Niagara Falls.

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