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High-Speed Driver Turns off Headlights to Elude Police

Carmel town officers who chased the Mahopac resident arrested him after he pulled into a driveway and tried to run.

Police officers saw a car speed by on Route 6 at Clark Place in Carmel at 8 p.m. Dec. 13.

The officers followed the vehicle onto Simone Drive and to Bucks Hollow Road, and attempted to stop it by activating the siren and emergency lights.

The driver instead sped away onto Astor Drive and shut off the headlights to elude the officers. Finally, he pulled into a residential driveway on Astor Drive and attempted to run away, police said.

He was subdued and placed under arrest.  

Nikolas Kunca, 21 of Mahopac, is charged with reckless driving, failure to comply with a lawful order of a police officer, failure to keep right, speeding, failed to stop at a stop sign, failure to signal, and equipment violations.

He was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 before Carmel Town Justice Tom Jacobellis.

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