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Ogdensburg man charged after alleged flight from police following traffic stop

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WADDINGTON — An Ogdensburg man was jailed Sunday after he allegedly led police on a foot chase through several homes in the village after fleeing a traffic stop.

State police on Sunday charged Jeffrey P. Gagnon, 36, of 825 New York Ave., with third-degree trespassing, first-degree operating a motor vehicle while ability impaired by drugs and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, all misdemeanors, unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and driving without a license, a traffic infraction.

Troopers allege that while they were assisting U.S. Border Patrol agents in a routine traffic stop on Lincoln Avenue about 2:15 p.m. Gagnon got out of the vehicle and took off on foot, entering the home of Carl Bailey at 41 Lincoln Ave.

He then allegedly fled that home, followed by police, and entered the 33 Lincoln Ave. garage of Matthew G. and Kelly Mayette.

Mr. Mayette, the Waddington volunteer fire chief, said he watched police running down the road when he decided to lock up his house.

“When I saw the border patrol agent running down the road, I locked all my doors,” Mr. Mayette said. “I was standing by the back window calling my neighbor when I saw (Gagnon) run through my yard, so I hung up and called 911.”

As quickly as he locked the door leading out to his garage, Mr. Mayette said, he could hear Gagnon enter his garage and try to enter his home.

“I heard him close the garage door and then try to open the door into the house,” Mr. Mayette said. “I heard him knock on our door and that’s when the police came down the driveway and they got him.”

Mr. Gagnon was arraigned in Louisville Town Court and sent to St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $750 cash or $1,500 bond.

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