SHELDON, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two Tennessee residents are facing charges after a wild scene in Wyoming County Thursday. The sheriff's office says they tried to stop an SUV that was traveling off the shoulder of Route 77.
Officials say the driver, 28-year-old Jessica M. Ring, refused to stop and drove off at speeds reaching 75 mph. Authorities say the vehicle then went into an overgrown field and continued to travel when Ring and her passenger, 33-year-old Ricky A. Leach Jr, jumped out of the vehicle. Ring and Leach, of the same address in Tennessee, allegedly fled into a creek bed and then into a culvert. The vehicle continued down a ravine and came to rest in a creek bed.
Officials say Ring and Leach were taken into custody on the other side of the culvert without further incident. When they checked the vehicle, officials learned the vehicle was stolen from Tennessee in June.
Ring and Leach are charged with criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful fleeing of a police officer. Ring is also charged with driving while ability impaired, reckless driving, speeding, unlicensed operation, failure to obey a police officer and move from lane unsafely. Both were arraigned and committed to jail on $15,000 bail.
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