Police: Man flees Syracuse in stolen SUV, drives to Cortland County and back

John Besaw (Syracuse Police Department)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A Syracuse man led police on a chase through two counties Wednesday night.

At around 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Syracuse police responded to the 1900 block of West Genesee Street to investigate a report of a stolen 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

A short time later, Syracuse police officer Jason Ladd observed the stolen vehicle going north on North Franklin Street. Officer Ladd approached the vehicle and turned his headlights on, but the driver refused to pull over, police said.

Officers followed the driver's path onto Interstate 81 into Cortland County, about 20 miles south of the city limits. The driver eventually turned around and traveled back to the city of Syracuse.

Using a helicopter and a New York State Police Canine Team, police were able to locate the suspect, who was identified as 43-year-old John Besaw, of Syracuse. Police found Besaw and his vehicle in the 300 block of Richmond Ave. He resisted when officers handcuffed him, police said.

Besaw faces felony charges of grand larceny and criminal possession of a stolen vehicle, as well as misdemeanor charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unlawful fleeing of a police officer, resisting arrest, and reckless endangerment.

He was transported to the Onondaga County Justice Center pending his arraignment.