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New Rochelle police chase ends with car atop wall

NEWS12 WESTCHESTER: A man suspected of stealing a car led New Rochelle police on a wild chase before the car crashed and landed on a concrete wall. (Dec. 12, 2012)

A New Rochelle man driving a stolen car Wednesday morning led city police on a wild chase that ended with the vehicle perched precariously on a concrete wall, police said.

Jermaine McCleod, 21, was expected to face a variety of charges when he is arraigned in New Rochelle City Court later Wednesday, city police Sgt. Matthew Brady said.

At 9:06 a.m., a community service officer scanning license plates saw a black 2011 Honda CR-V parked on Union Street that matched the description of one that was reported stolen in the Village of Pelham on Nov. 30. Pelham detectives were called and were preparing to impound the vehicle about 10 a.m. when McCleod arrived, jumped in the driver's seat and drove off, according to Brady.

The Pelham detectives and a New Rochelle patrol car gave chase and McCleod led them on a roughly half-mile pursuit along Locust Avenue, Main Street and Franklin Avenue. When McCleod tried to turn at Euclid Place, the sport utility vehicle hit a sewer and went airborne, landing atop a concrete retaining wall at a residence on the corner of Franklin and Euclid, Brady said. The vehicle's front end was heavily damaged in the crash, and the wall partially collapsed.

McCleod attempted to flee the scene, at one point jumping on and damaging a parked car as he ran, but he was caught by police as he tried to climb a fence. He resisted arrest and was subdued with a stun gun, Brady said.

McCleod is on parole after serving five months in Greene Correctional Facility on convictions for attempted robbery and attempted burglary, according to a state database.

He was hospitalized with minor injuries but was scheduled to appear in court later Wednesday to be arraigned on charges of possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, unlicensed operation, failure to comply with a police officer and criminal mischief, Brady said.

"I've never seen anything like that," witness Antonio Melo told News12 about the crash. "That's impossible."

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