- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

AVON, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a western New York man led police on a car chase that ended when he attempted to elude officers by ducking into a fire hall where a ham raffle was being held.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says deputies tried to pull over 31-year-old John Palermo of Rochester as he drove on Interstate 390 on Saturday night. Police say Palermo exited the highway and drove into Avon (AY’-vahn), 20 miles south of Rochester.

Palermo sped across several lawns before stopping at the East Avon fire hall and running inside.

He tried to blend in with the crowd attending a ham raffle, but an off-duty deputy who’s also a volunteer firefighter helped capture him.

Palermo was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and fleeing from police. It couldn’t be determined if he has a lawyer.

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