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State police pursue wanted man in high-speed chase

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State police chased a man wanted on grand-larceny and stolen-property charges across Northern New York on Sunday and, as of late in the evening, he had eluded them in Jefferson County.

The search began about 2 p.m. after state police stopped Brian G. Aikens, 51, near Interstate 87 in Plattsburgh and determined that he was wanted by the Clinton County Probation Department on two violation-of-probation warrants for fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree grand larceny.

Mr. Aikens, who was most recently living in Vermont, evaded police, and a high-speed chase ensued for about an hour into the town of Diana, Lewis County. Mr. Aikens jumped out of his 2001 red Pontiac Grand Am in the area of Crowner Road and fled on foot into a wooded area, police said. A ground search continued.

About 9 p.m., state police said they were continuing to look for him in the town of Wilna, Jefferson County. The police were unable to say whether he was armed or considered dangerous.

Earlier in the day, a state police helicopter from Ray Brook was called out to track the fleeing vehicle, state police said. Several police agencies from Clinton, Lewis and Jefferson counties were involved in the search. Few specific details were available Sunday night.

Mr. Aikens is described as a black male who is about 6 feet tall and weighs 225 pounds. He was last seen wearing dark clothing.

State police said Mr. Aikens has a criminal history dating back 25 years.

Police are asking anyone who sees Mr. Aikens or any suspicious activity to call 911. Non-emergency inquiries should be made to the state police in Watertown at 782-2112.

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