Two taken into custody after police chase

Photo by RobShotsDamage to an SUV's tires is shown after police used a spike strip to help end a police chase in Niagara Falls early Sunday.

A pair from Niagara Falls were taken into custody early Sunday following a 30-minute police chase through several municipalities.

According to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and reports from the scene, about 4:40 a.m., a deputy tried to stop an SUV on Tuscarora Road in the Town of Niagara that had twice failed to stop for New York State troopers. The SUV failed to stop again and led police on a pursuit through the LaSalle area of Niagara Falls, over the Grand Island bridge and then back into Niagara Falls.

Police used a spike strip to disable the vehicle in Niagara Falls but it kept driving through the south end of the city, eventually stopping on the 1800 block of Pierce Avenue where the driver, Michael Quarcini Jr., 47, and passenger Heather Moody, 31, were taken into custody.

Quarcini was charged with third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and reckless driving. He also had an active warrant out of the City of Tonawanda. He was remanded to Niagara County Jail.

Moody was kept in custody by Niagara Falls police on two warrants.

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