Driver In Chase Just Ran Out Of Road

SUNDAY, SEPT. 29, 1996

A truck driver seen speeding near Cleveland switched off his lights and led police on a 100-mph chase that spanned three states and ended when he ditched in a bay 280 miles away.

Police blocked interstate exits and steered motorists aside Friday night, hoping that the tractor without a trailer would run out of gas.

The chase through Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York ended nearly three hours later when the truck reached the end of an expressway in Rochester and ran off a boat launch into 4 feet of water in Irondequoit Bay, two miles from the driver’s home.

Franciszek Zygadlo, a 41-year-old Polish immigrant, was charged with reckless endangerment and resisting arrest, as well as various traffic violations. He was ordered jailed on $20,000 bail.

“We just stayed out of the way,” A police spokesman said. “It’s a large tractor and anything you’d try to put in front of that, he’d be able to ram it.”

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