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March 23, 2007

POLICE CHASE: Two nabbed in NT chase

Two North Tonawanda teenagers attempted to evade North Tonawanda police on a motorcycle early Thursday morning to no avail.

Brent J. Graham, 18, of 253 Roncroff Drive, was spotted driving a motorcycle without a helmet and lights and refused to pull over for police at about 3 a.m. Thursday, North Tonawanda Police Lt. Tom Krantz said. Graham and his passenger, Christopher J. Potalivo, 18, of 148 Homestead Drive, were arrested.

Graham and Potalivo were riding the motorcycle on Sweeney Street when officers began pursuit, Krantz said. Police followed Graham and Potalivo until Graham pulled off the road at the dead end of Brentwood Drive.

Graham ran into the woods near Brentwood Drive while Potalivo walked away, Krantz said. Officers followed Graham into waist-deep water in the woods and apprehended him, while another police officer apprehended Potalivo.

The chase lasted 18 minutes from the time of the call until Graham’s arrest, Krantz said. The chase was not high-speed.

Police chases in North Tonawanda are rare, Krantz said.

“It’s not that often,” he said.

Graham was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, obstructing government administration, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and multiple traffic violations, according to police reports. Graham refused a breathalyzer test, Krantz said.

Potalivo was charged with obstructing government administration and riding on a motorcycle without a helmet and goggles, according to reports.

Graham was held in lieu of $1,500 bail and Potalivo was released on his own recognizance, Krantz said.

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