Duo indicted in NJ-to-Rockland high-speed chase

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A grand jury handed down indictments Monday against two men accused of leading police on a high-speed chase from Paterson, N.J. to Rockland County.

James Jones and Mark Harkins, both of Chester, now face felony charges of reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and attempted assault on a police officer. The alleged driver, Jones, also faces two counts of attempted murder.

Helicopters and patrol cars with blaring sirens were in hot pursuit of the men on July 27 as they allegedly fled a drug deal in Paterson. Authorities said the suspects traveled through six counties.

Officials said Jones and Harkins shot at police and a Yonkers patrol car was damaged in the chase. Police said they shot one of the men in the arm to stop the duo from fleeing. The pair's car eventually got stuck in the mud at Rockland Lake State Park.

Harkins and Jones are in jail awaiting arraignment.

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