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NIAGARA FALLS – A father dealing crack cocaine in his car was caught in the act of making a hand to hand transaction by plain clothes narcotics detectives at 22nd Street and Willow Avenue at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

After he was stopped by detectives the dad ran off leaving behind his 8-year old daughter and 4-year old son. After a 12 block long chase, police caught and charged him. Detectives found crack cocaine on the seat of the car and also hidden in the 8-year-old girl’s coat.

Jermaine M. McQueen, 35, of no permanent address in Niagara Falls, was charged with third and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, unlicensed operation, resisting arrest and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

A grandmother and aunt were called to pick up the children. Child Protective Services were also notified, said Police Capt. David LeGault, chief of the narcotics division.

William G. Allan, 39, of 36th Street, who was allegedly buying the drug from McQueen, was charged with first-degree loitering.