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Police: Teen In White Plains Car Chase Ran Because He Was Scared

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – An early-morning car chase ended poorly for an Elmsford teen after police arrested and charged him with unlawful fleeing of a police officer and driving without a license, according to the police report.

John Archer, 19, was also issued three summonses for traffic violations, including two for failing to stop at a stop sign, and speeding.

Police said that while Archer was driving on Battle Avenue at about 3 a.m. Sunday, he sped through a stop sign and made a left turn onto Independence Street. Police signaled for him to pull over, they said, but he accelerated instead. Police said they followed him and activated the patrol car warning lights, but the suspect continued to speed away at 65 mph in a 30 mph zone, the report says.

Archer ran another stop sign and passed through an intersection on Independence Street and Central Avenue, according to the report. He then drove diagonally across the road onto Cross Street, driving westbound, then made a rapid right turn on Fulton Street. Police in pursuit reported they heard his car's tires screeching during the turn, due to the high speed.

Police said Archer then pulled into an alleyway on 8 Fulton St. and stopped with the car lights off. They pulled in behind the car and blocked its only way out, police said, ordering Archer to get out of his car, than arrested him.

The teen reportedly told police he ran because he was scared. Police later found out he had no driver’s license because it had been revoked June 27 for refusing to submit to a chemical test. They also discovered Archer had previously been arrested for criminal mischief and stealing cell phones at several White Plains locations, including the area of Battle Hill Avenue, in late 2011. Police checked the area and found no evidence of car or storefront break-ins, the report says.

Archer was charged with unlawful fleeing of a police officer, a misdemeanor; and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor.

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