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Norfolk man faces numerous charges after striking state police patrol car during chase


RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT - BOMBAY - A Norfolk man faces two felony charges, a misdemeanor and numerous vehicle and traffic law violations after allegedly reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour when attempting to flee from troopers and striking a marked patrol vehicle when he was attempting to turn onto the Tarbell Road in the town of Bombay.

Massena-based state police charged Matthew D. Love, 30, of 320 River Road, Norfolk, with a misdemeanor count of third-degree fleeing a police officer after he allegedly reached speeds of 100 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone at approximately 12:45 p.m. Tuesday after troopers said he failed to comply with a marked police vehicle with lights and sirens activate. He was arraigned on the misdemeanor count by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released under the supervision of the probation department before being transported to Bombay Town Court for arraignment on two felony counts. The results of that arraignment were not immediately available Tuesday night.

Troopers charged Love with third-degree criminal mischief for striking the police vehicle and with second-degree reckless endangerment when he nearly struck a vehicle operated by Michele F. Mitchell, Massena, after she pulled onto Route 37 from a parking lot in Akwesasne. She told police after pulling into the eastbound lane of Route 37 and looking in her rear view mirror she saw a red SUV coming up behind at an apparent high rate of speed and being followed by police vehicles behind it with lights and sirens activated.

“I was going to pull over to the right, and I (saw) the SUV go to the right then suddenly swerve to the left and go around me> It scared the crap out of me. I didn’t move for a minute until I felt OK,” she said in her statement.

Troopers ticketed for operation of an uninspected motor vehicle for operating a vehicle with a sticker that expired in January and charged him with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle for operating a vehicle when he had multiple suspensions and revocations on a license that had expired and reckless driving.

He also faces multiple speeding violations for reaching speeds of up to 100 mph in a 55 mph zone on the Rooseveltown Road in the town of Massena, 90 mph in a 45 mph zone on Route 37 in the town of Bombay, 100 mph in a 35 mph zone on Roosevelt Road in the town of Bombay, 100 mph in a 45 mph zone on Route 37 in the town of Bombay, 70 mph in a 30 mph zone on River Road in the town of Bombay and 70 mph in a 35 mph zone on Tarbell Road in the town of Bombay.

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