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Man charged after high-speed police chase, crashes into utility pole

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Rome man is in police custody after being involved in a motor vehicle accident shortly after three o'clock Thursday morning.

Rome Police say an officer was dispatched to the area of Park Drive Manor for several reports of a silver vehicle speeding and squealing its tires.

When they arrived, the officer saw the vehicle driving fast and swerving through an apartment complex lot and he attempted to stop the vehicle. Police say the driver - 28 year old Francis C. Lusby - refused to stop and continued south on Floyd Ave at a high rate of speed.

After pursuing Lusby with police lights and sirens, the officer backed off in the 1100 block of Floyd Ave for safety reasons due to the high rate of speed and reckless operation of Lusby's vehicle.

Minutes later, a second Rome officer traveling north on Floyd Ave came upon a motor vehicle accident in the 600 block of Floyd Ave involving Lusby's vehicle.

Investigators determined that Lusby's vehicle had left the roadway and traveled across several residential yards and then struck and severed a utility pole.

As a result of the crash, Lusby suffered a laceration to his face, but was otherwise unhurt. He has been charged with numerous vehicle and traffic violations, as well as DWI, reckless driving and fleeing a police officer.

He is being held in Rome Police lock-up.

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