Elmira man leads police on high speed chase through Cortland County

CORTLANDVILLE, N.Y. — An Elmira man turned himself in to authorities on Thursday after leading police on a high speed chase the previous day, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office said.

At around 12:19 p.m. Wednesday, officers from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a 1983 Ford Mustang for driving with no license plates on Ridge Road in the town of Cortlandville.

After officers activated their emergency lights, the driver of the Mustang accelerated in an attempt to escape the officers.

The vehicle was followed as it turned onto McGraw Marathon Road northbound toward the village of McGraw. Other officers were called to assist in the chase.

The vehicle traveled through the towns of Cortlandville, Solon and Freetown before turning onto Irish Hill Road. The vehicle was finally recovered on Ferber Road, authorities said, with the driver having fled the scene. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the New York State Police K9 and helicopter patrols.

On Thursday, the driver of the Mustang, identified as James A. Macmillan, 28, turned himself into the sheriff’s office where he was charged with three counts of third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, a misdemeanor, and 46 separate traffic violations.

MacMillan and other witnesses from the scene said that he was test driving the vehicle and intended to purchase it, the sheriff’s office said.

He was arraigned in Cortlandville Town Court and taken to Cortland County Jail on $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court in Freetown and Solon at a later date.