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A 42-year-old is facing charges after he led state troopers on a two-county, 40-mile long chase on the Thruway that ended in Batavia.

State police say the chase began at around 10:45 p.m. Monday on I-90’s westbound lanes when a trooper tried to pull over Ronald Worthington of Batavia, who was driving 102 miles per hour near the Pembroke exit.

“There really are never any routine traffic stops, but that was the reason," State Police Sergeant Gregory Peron said to WIVB last night." It was a speeding charge – 102 miles per hour in a 65 zone would have been the reason he was being stopped to start with. It’s gotten a lot worse for him tonight.”

Worthington continued driving before making a U-turn at the Williamsville toll barrier just east of Buffalo. He headed east on I-90 and drove another 30 miles before leaving the highway at the Batavia exit.

Officials say police used spike strips to deflate his tires, but he rammed a trooper car before other police cars boxed him in.

 

He is facing charges of DWI, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, fleeing from a police officer in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, speeding and numerous other traffic violations in several jurisdictions.

 

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