Man leads police on 100 mph chase through Cortland County

Scott Mowry (New York State Police)

VIRGIL, N.Y. - A Utica man was arrested this week after he led police on a high-speed chase through multiple counties.

The incident occurred on Sunday, Oct. 8, on Interstate 81 in the Broome County town of Barker and ended in the town of Virgil in Cortland County.

A state trooper spotted Scott B. Mowry, 34, driving a 2001 Madza Tribute that had been reported stolen from the city of Binghamton earlier that morning, state police said.

When the trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop on I-81, Mowry refused to stop and fled the scene driving northbound and entering Cortland County at speeds over 100 mph. Additional officers from the Broome and Cortland county sheriff's departments were called to assist troopers in the chase.

The pursuit ended when Mowry was driving southbound on I-81 and intentionally rammed into a Broome County Sheriff's vehicle and came to rest, police said. He was arrested after a short foot pursuit.

Mowry faces charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, all felonies. He was also charged with a misdemeanor of unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, along with several other traffic violations.

He was arraigned in Virgil Town Court and taken to Cortland County Jail with no bail set. His next court date is pending.

State police said that no officers were injured in the incident.