Sheriff: Man holds woman against her will in vehicle, leads deputies on chase

TOWN OF ELLICOTT, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Chautauqua County man is facing numerous charges after deputies say he led them on chase while a woman was being held in his vehicle.

Late Wednesday night, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says they were notified that Dimas Rios, who was wanted on a warrant for second-degree kidnapping, had been driving in Ellicott with a woman who was being held against her will.

Upon hearing this, deputies say they found Rios, 35, and his vehicle at a business on Route 60. According to deputies, Rios quickly drove away when they tried to contact him.

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Deputies say the pursuit continued through Ellicott and Jamestown before coming to an end when Rios got stuck in a residential yard on Vinnie Street.

At this point, authorities say Rios got out and ran away on foot. The woman in the vehicle was safely rescued, they say.

Utilizing a K-9 team, deputies say they were able to find Rios hiding near a home a couple of blocks away.

Rios, who deputies say then surrendered, was charged with unlawful imprisonment, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and failing to comply with a lawful order.

Rios was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail to be arraigned on the new charges, as well as the previous kidnapping charge.

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