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Sex-assault suspect nabbed after Tappan Zee chase

NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER: Police chased a rape suspect from Newburgh to the Tappan Zee Bridge on Tuesday morning. (July 3, 2012)

A suspected rapist led police on a high-speed chase down the Palisades Parkway on Tuesday morning that ended with him being nabbed on the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Jamal Lincoln, 22, of the Bronx, allegedly raped a woman inside his car in Newburgh early Tuesday morning, prompting police to issue an alert for the 1997 Cadillac Seville. Around 9:30 a.m., an officer spotted the car in Newburgh and approached it. When the cop asked Lincoln for his identification, the suspect sped away, police said.

Authorities briefly lost sight of the car before spotting it again near New City, where police gave chase. The pursuit ended on the bridge after officials were able to slow traffic by reducing the number of lanes being used and bringing Lincoln's car to a stop near the toll plaza on the Westchester County side, where he was arrested, police said.

The chase exceeded 100 mph and entailed Newburgh, South Nyack-Grand View and State Police, officials said.

Lincoln was charged with reckless driving and other traffic-related offenses. Newburgh police anticipated charging him in connection with the sexual assault, but no charges had been filed as of early Tuesday afternoon, when he was being transported from the State Police barracks in Tarrytown to the custody of Newburgh police.

Police said they believe Lincoln knew his alleged victim.

Attorney information for Lincoln was not immediately available.

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