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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Brownington man wanted after police chase arrested

DERBY — A 37-year-old Brownington man who police were looking for after a high-speed chase through Orleans County on Sunday, was arrested today.

Police say Matthew Prue was located at the Hoagie’s in Derby and taken in for processing.

Prue is facing charges of excessive speed, attempting to elude police, grossly negligent operation, and multiple civil violations.

After being pulled over on Sunday morning in Charleston, police say they directed Prue to step out of his vehicle so they could investigate multiple indicators of heroin possession and impairment.

He slammed the door and fled down Rte 5A at a high rate of speed.

Prue led police on a chase for approximately 20 minutes through Charleston, Brownington, Barton, and Westmore, on multiple roadways as well as through fields, with speeds at times exceeding 100 miles-per-hour.

Police say they observed him throwing hypodermic needles and other small objects and bags out of the window during the pursuit.

At one point, police say he drove towards a trooper who was attempting to turn around in the roadway, almost ramming the vehicle.

Police say Prue crashed his truck into a tree and took off on foot.

They were unable to locate him until today.

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