Midnight Chase

A Jamestown man is facing more than a dozen charges after fleeing from police during an early morning traffic stop.

Officers around midnight observed a vehicle, driven by Terrance L. Thomas, fail to stop at a stop sign. As police were performing the traffic stop, Thomas fled in his vehicle at a high rate of speed with no headlights or tail lights.

During the ensuing chase, Thomas allegedly broke numerous New York state traffic laws, according to a police report by the Jamestown Police Department.

Police said Thomas, 54, eventually fled from his vehicle on Broadhead Avenue. He was later caught and taken into custody.

The city resident was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of marijuana, reckless driving, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, three counts of failure to stop at a stop sign, two counts of improper or no turn signal, inadequate lights, insufficient tail lamps and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

“This was a very dangerous situation,” said Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department. “Like I’ve said before, it doesn’t matter what time of the day it occurs. It’s a dangerous situation, and it’s dangerous for the officers.”

“Luckily the officers were able to get him,” he said.

Thomas was transported to Jamestown City Jail and was held for arraignment.