Ithaca Police Announce Narcotics and Reckless Driving Arrest Following Early Morning Chase

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Ithaca Police Announce Narcotics and Reckless Driving Arrest Following Early Morning Chase

October 5, 2012 Updated Oct 5, 2012 at 4:07 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) According to a news release from the Ithaca Police Department, an 18-year-old man was arrested early Friday morning on multiple charges, including criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlicensed operator, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and fleeing a police officer.

According to a news release from the Ithaca Police Department:

At approximately (12:25 a.m. Friday) the Ithaca Police department attempted to effect a traffic stop on a vehicle later determined to be driven by Timothy C. Spann Jr. The defendant allegedly failed to stop for the marked police vehicle and instead attempted to flee at an excessive rate of speed.

The vehicle was followed throughout the East hill area of the city and struck an Ithaca Police vehicle that was stopped on a side street handling an unrelated matter causing the officer who was outside of the police car to take evasive action to avoid being struck. The vehicle continued driving recklessly through a heavily congested college town area eventually ending after the fleeing vehicle struck a parked car. A short foot pursuit followed resulting in the defendant being apprehended in the rear of a house that he ran into. When captured at the residence he ran into the defendant allegedly had in his possession in excess of 1/8th ounce amount of suspected crack cocaine.

The suspect was arrested and eventually arraigned on the above charges from which he was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail and $100.000 bail bond pending a later appearance in Ithaca City Court.

Additional charges may be pending. No injuries were reported. A passenger in the fleeing vehicle has not yet been charged

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