Jersey men lead police on high-speed chase

NORWICH – Two New Jersey men in a stolen car led police on a high-speed chase through five townships and two counties Tuesday. They swerved through traffic and even avoided police spikes at speeds in excess of a 100 miles an hour before losing control of their vehicle and colliding with a guardrail.

The operator of the stolen black Honda Accord was Brian T. Stoddard, 23. He and a passenger, Michael J. Bentley, 20, both from Lincoln Park, N.J., were charged with multiple felonies and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $100,000 and $75,000 bail, respectively.

Sgt. Ted Ellingsen, who was involved in the chase, said the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office received information from the New Jersey State Police that a stolen vehicle and suspects involved in a another chase in New Jersey earlier in the week may be hiding at a seasonal camp in the New Berlin area.

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