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Plattsburgh man admits guilt in Diana high-speed chase last May


LOWVILLE — A Plattsburgh man admitted Monday in Lewis County Court to leading police on a high-speed chase through the northern section of the county more than a year ago.

Brian G. Aikens, 52, pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment and reckless driving, also satisfying charges of third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, failing to comply, improper passing, moving from a lane unsafely and two counts of speeding, to avoid taking the case to trial later this month.

Sentencing was set for July 26.

Mr. Aikens in May 2012 was accused of leading police on a high-speed chase along Route 3 in the town of Diana — in the midst of a flight from Plattsburgh that eventually ended with his arrest at a bar in West Carthage — during which he drove at 90 mph in 30- and 55-mph zones.

The chase began near Interstate 87 at Plattsburgh on the afternoon of May 6, 2012, after troopers attempted to take him into custody on two violation-of-probation warrants from the Clinton County Probation Department for fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree grand larceny.

Police patrols maintained visual observation of his vehicle until he entered Lewis County, where pursuit was called off, but he remained under the observation of a state police helicopter crew from Ray Brook.

The suspect abandoned his car near Crowner Road in the town of Wilna, where he got out and ran.

He was caught about 1 a.m. May 7, 2012, roughly 11 hours after the chase began, at the former Longshots Bar in West Carthage.

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