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HUDSON FALLS — A Fort Edward man faces numerous charges after a high-speed chase that ended when he sped into the parking lot of Hudson Falls High School, police said.

Cody M. Dunlavey, 24, told Hudson Falls Police officers he fled because he didn’t have a driver’s license, authorities said. He wound up with far more than a ticket for unlicensed operation after he tried to evade officers who tried to pull him over after seeing him go through a stop sign without stopping shortly after noon Sunday.

Hudson Falls Police Sgt. Ryan Woodward said Dunlavey failed to stop at the stop sign at Laclaire and North streets, then sped off when Woodward and Patrolman Joseph McKeever tried to pull him over.

The Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck Dunlavey was driving sped east, passing through several stop signs before making it to Labarge Street, where it hit 50 mph in the 20 mph school zone and pulled into a school parking lot, Woodward said.

Dunlavey pulled into a lot with just one entrance/exit however, so he was unable to get out and stopped the vehicle when approached by officers, police said. Woodward said there were no events at the school at the time.

He told police he took off because he didn’t have a driver’s license, Woodward said.

So he wound up with a dozen traffic tickets, including unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor reckless driving and a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully fleeing a police officer, police said. Dunlavey was also wanted on an arrest warrant for an unspecified charge by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

He was arraigned Sunday night and sent to Washington County Jail for lack of bail.

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