Two men are jailed and a third is being sought as a result of a car chase turned foot race Tuesday afternoon at Glen Park.
It began when a driver passed a stopped school bus at Massey and Holcomb streets in Watertown. Quantities of cocaine and heroin were found in the vehicle after the chase ended, Jefferson County sheriff's detective Ben K. Timerman said.
Donald F. Soluri, 20, of 1012 Erie St., Watertown, and Derek J. Dwyer, 24, of 17120 County Route 53, Dexter, were arrested on felony charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. With bail set for each at $20,000 by town of Watertown Justice Andrew N. Capone, they were held Wednesday in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.
An arrest warrant is issued on the same charge for Aaron L. Lolar, 24, address unknown, Mr. Timerman said. As the alleged driver of the car in the chase, he faces additional charges.
Anyone with possible information about Mr. Lolar's whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 788-1441.
Mr. Timerman said he witnessed the stopped bus violation shortly after 2 p.m. and attempted to halt the trio's car. The driver did not stop until he was on Bradley Street, but took off again as the detective was exiting his car, he said. The chase resumed on three city streets, then headed out County Route 190 to Glen Park.
As the car reached Church Street in Glen Park, Mr. Soluri got out and ran, but was apprehended by a state trooper who had arrived to assist. The other two occupants abandoned the auto on Warren Street, and the detective was able to detain Mr. Dwyer.
By the time more officers arrived, the driver had gotten away in a wooded area. Deputy Paul W. Trudeau's dog, Bullet, lost the runner's trail. The car, owned by an unidentified fourth person, was impounded for the investigation.