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Police: Port Leyden man arrested after high-speed motorcycle chase

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PORT LEYDEN — Lewis County sheriff’s deputies arrested motorcyclist Joshua E. Hunkins, 25, of 3707 Hunkins Road, after a high-speed pursuit Tuesday morning that started in the town of Turin and ended in the village.

Deputies allege that he was traveling at in excess of 107 mph in a 55 mph zone on Route 12 in Turin. When an officer attempted to stop him, Mr. Hunkins started passing vehicles on the right shoulder of the road, they said.

He eventually ditched his bike and fled on foot into the woods in Port Leyden. Deputies said his friend, Charles W. Whitcher, 34, of 3342 Elm St., picked him up shortly after and interfered with the officers’ investigation.

They were both arrested at 8:52 a.m. on East Main Street.

Mr. Hunkins was charged with third-degree failure to comply with a lawful order, speeding, reckless driving, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle out of class, unsafe passing on the right and failure to stop at a red light.

Mr. Whitcher was charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Mr. Hunkins was arraigned in Martinsburg Town Court and sent to Lewis County jail, Lowville, on $300 bail.

Mr. Whitcher is to appear in Port Leyden Village Court at a later date.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the county sheriff’s K-9 Unit, state police and state forest rangers.

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