Woman faces 51 charges after pursuit


A woman was charged with 51 vehicle and traffic violations following a high speed pursuit through Lowville and Martinsburg in Lewis County in April.

Sheriff’s deputies said they attempted to pull over Nicole L. Hutchins at 9:02 p.m. April 16 after she was spotted running a red light at the intersection of River and South State streets in the Village of Lowville. Deputies said Hutchins instead hit the gas and took off, fleeing the officers at a high rate of speed.

Authorities said Hutchins fled recklessly down numerous roads through Lowville and Martinsburg before law enforcement called off the pursuit for safety reasons.

Hutchins’ vehicle was located a short time later, abandoned on a property on Route 12 in West Lowville. Upon further inspection of the vehicle, deputies said they discovered that the license plate was improper and had a forged registration expiration date written on it in black ink.

An arrest warrant was issued for Hutchins and she was located on April 23 in the Town of Theresa in Jefferson County by officers with State Parole. Hutchins was taken into custody by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for unrelated charges from a separate case.

On May 2, authorities said Hutchins was finally returned to Lewis County to answer charges related to the pursuit. Between the jurisdictions in Lowville and Martinsburg, authorities said Hutchins is facing 51 charges.

Hutchins is charged with multiple counts of aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding, reckless driving, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, improper plates and numerous other vehicle and traffic violations, deputies said. She was arraigned in court and was returned to Jefferson County to continue those cases. She is scheduled to reappear in Lewis County.


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