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Drug Task force arrest Lawrence Street man after police chase

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Members of the Metro-Jeff Task Force were involved in a police chase on several city streets Thursday afternoon after they attempted to issue a warrant on a Lawrence Street man but he took off before officers were able to complete apprehend him.

Jeremy M. Fanelli-Cressman, 35, of 825 Lawrence St., Watertown, was later captured in the town of Fine, St. Lawrence County.

The chase began about 2:15 p.m. when task force members spotted Mr. Fanelli-Cressman driving his 2005 Chevy Equinox near his home. They tried to arrest him after he backed his vehicle in his driveway, police said.

But he was able to maneuver around the officers and he sped off, police said.

He led police on a chase through several streets on the city’s north side before heading toward Evans Mills. Police ended the chase at Bush Road, just north of the city’s boundary, they said.

Investigators continued their investigation, and learned about 6 p.m. that the Equinox was hidden in a wooded area behind an unidentified house on Blue Mountain Road, police said. Before they were able to reach him, he took off on foot and went deeper in the woods before getting caught about an hour later.

He was then transported to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, where he is being held on $50,000 bail. He is also expected to face several traffic infractions.

The indictment was later unsealed in Jefferson County Court. He faces two counts of each charge for allegedly selling cocaine twice on the same mid-March day.

Mr. Fanelli-Cressman has been sentenced to state prison four times, most recently in January 2011 to a year and a half for a fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction. Also, he was sentenced in 1999 for weapon possession and narcotics sale, in 2000 for attempted sale of a controlled substance and in 2005 for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine. He most recently was released in December under parole supervision, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

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