FARMINGTON — A Jay man faces multiple charges after police say he led them on a chase early Saturday morning that ended when he turned down a dead-end road.

The man, David J. Farrington, 19, was driving a pickup truck on George Thomas Road headed west when he went speeding by a sheriff deputy’s cruiser about 12:45 a.m., according to Franklin County Sheriff Lt. Niles Yeaton.

The deputy turned around and followed the pickup, which then ran a stop sign at the intersection of routes 41 and 156, Yeaton said.

That’s when the deputy turned on his cruiser’s siren and lights, but the pickup didn’t pull over, sped up and turned left onto Pope Road headed south toward Chesterville, he said.

The deputy’s report didn’t say how fast the pickup was traveling during the chase, which ended shortly after it turned onto dead-end Brunswick Road, which runs alongside the Chesterville wildlife management area, Yeaton said.

About two miles down the dead-end road, the pickup turned onto a dirt logging road. Another deputy arrived and stayed at the logging road entrance while the other deputy followed the tire tracks on foot and found three people inside the pickup parked a short distance away, he said.

Farrington, who was driving the pickup, was charged with eluding an officer, driving to endanger, operating without a license and illegal attachment of registered plates, Yeaton said. He was also summoned on a charge of running a stop sign. He was released on $350 cash bail and has a June 29 court date.

The deputy’s report didn’t indicate who owned the pickup truck. Yeaton said the license plates on the pickup were registered for another vehicle. He wouldn’t release the names of the two juvenile passengers, a 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy. They were not charged in connection with the chase.

David F. Robinson — 861-9287

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