High Speed Chase Ends in Cortland County

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 7, 2009 at 9:37 PM EDT

A high speed chase takes police through multiple upstate counties, in pursuit of a suspect.

State Police say the driver of a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu was clocked going 92 miles per hour on 1-81 in the Town of Cortlandville.

The man also allegedly stole a vehicle, and was wanted in connection to a gas larceny earlier Saturday morning in the Town of Richford, Tioga County.

The driver did not pull over for the trooper behind him.

He exited the interstate and continued south onto ST-41, and other state and local roads in southern Cortland County.

A Cortland County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted a stop stick deployment on RT-41 in the Town of Solon, but the driver swerved and the Deputy was forced to dive into a ditch to avoid being struck by the vehicle.

The pursuit continued into Chenango and Madison Counties and then back into Cortland County, until the driver eventually lost control of his vehicle on ST-26 in the Town of Taylor, Cortland County.

The three occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody.

The driver, Chad Mayhew, 24, of Groton and passengers Jonathon Babcock, 20, of Ithaca, and Samantha Greene, 20.

All three are being charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree.

Mayhew was also wanted for violation of Parole.

He is additionally being charged with Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer 3rd degree and numerous Vehicle and Traffic Law offenses.

Mayhew will also be charged by the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department with one count of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree for swerving the speeding vehicle and nearly striking the Sheriff’s Deputy.

They are currently being held awaiting arraignment.

The pursuit lasted 58 minutes and covered approximately 75 miles with a top speed of approximately one hundred miles per hour.

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