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Ogdensburg man leads troopers on high speed chase to city police department


An Ogdensburg man was arrested Sunday after allegedly leading state police on a high-speed chase that reached speeds over 100 miles per hour and put several motorists in and around the city in danger.

Troopers allege they spotted Rickie D. Lawton, 22, of 131 Patterson St., traveling west at 86 miles an hour on Route 37 at about 10:45 p.m. The speed limit on that stretch of the highway is 55.

When troopers began pursuit, they said, Mr. Lawton allegedly increased his speed to 106 miles per hour and ran a red light at the intersection with Ford Street Extension.

Troopers said there were two vehicles stopped at the intersection’s traffic light which he passed on the shoulder of the highway. State police said he then passed two more vehicles in a no-passing zone and forced oncoming traffic onto the road’s shoulder.

The chase continued for 1.6 miles, from the Ford Street intersection to the doorstep of the Ogdensburg City Police Department.

Troopers said Mr. Lawton turned onto Park Street from Route 37 and allegedly continued speeding at 49 miles per hour through a 20-mph school zone, again forcing a vehicle off the street. He then turned into the police department’s parking lot, got out of the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident.

Once inside the station, troopers said Mr. Lawton complained of chest pains due to a panic attack.

He was taken to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, where he was evaluated and admitted, police said.

Troopers charged Mr. Lawton with second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving and third-degree fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, all misdemeanors. He was additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding.

Mr. Lawton was issued tickets returnable to Ogdensburg City Court.

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