Dryden man charged with DWI after short foot chase

FREEVILLE, N.Y. – A Dryden man tried to evade arrest by fleeing through the woods, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office announced Friday.

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Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Friday, deputies observed a 2004 Jeep traveling at a high rate of speed on Railroad Street in the village of Freeville.

An officer tried to pull the man over, at which point the man turned into the driveway of a residential home, got out of his car and fled into a wooded area behind the house.

Deputies caught up with the man and attempted to apprehend him by using a Taser, "which was not effective," according to a press release. The man continued to flee on foot until deputies were able to subdue the man and take him into custody.

The suspect was identified as Michael J. Murtha, 26, of Dryden. He was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, first degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a felony, excessive speed in a postal speed zone, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Murtha will appear in Dryden Town Court Dec. 2.

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