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ADAMS CENTER — A three-county police chase Tuesday night on Interstate 81 ended in the arrest of a Texas man who finally was caught in the town of Adams after state troopers were able to deflate his pickup’s tires with spike strips.

State police in Watertown said they arrested Christopher N. Moore, 33, Dallas, Texas, after he led police on a chase that began shortly before 9 p.m. in Cortland County, when troopers observed his vehicle traveling at 83 mph in a 65-mph zone.

The chase began when Mr. Moore failed to comply with police, troopers said.

Police ended the pursuit after deploying stop strips just south of Exit 42. The vehicle became disabled when both front tires were deflated, and it came to a stop at the Adams Center northbound offramp, police said.

Mr. Moore was not injured, and was taken into custody without incident.

Troopers said they later discovered that Mr. Moore was operating a 2008 pickup truck that was reported stolen May 31 in the Kilgore, Texas, area.

Mr. Moore also was found to have been operating on an expired Texas driver’s license and to be in possession of two glass pipes containing marijuana residue, police said.

He was charged at 10:20 p.m. with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, which is a Class D felony, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of marijuana.

He also was issued numerous vehicle and traffic tickets, including speeding, reckless driving and unlicensed operation.

Police said Mr. Moore, who has no ties to the Northern New York area, was arraigned in Ellisburg Town Court. He subsequently was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, Watertown, on no bail.

State police were assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department.

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