Cincinnatus man led cops on chase through Cortland County, police say

Derick Ledger, 27, of Cincinnatus; photos from the crash scene on Ames Road in the town of Homer (photos courtesy of Cortland County Sheriff's Office).

CORTLAND, N.Y. — A man is in custody after authorities say he was driving while intoxicated when he refused to comply with officers while driving in Cortlandville Saturday evening.

The Cortland County Sheriff's Office has arrested 27-year-old Derick A. Ledger, of Cincinnatus, in connection with the crash.

Ledger is charged with misdemeanors of driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs, failure to comply with police, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, which is a felony.

At around 11 p.m. Saturday, sheriff's deputies attempted to stop a Chevy Camaro being driven by Ledger after he was seen passing two vehicles in a no-passing zone on Route 11 in Cortlandville.

Ledger refused to pull over, instead taking the patrol officers on a chase through the towns of Homer and Cortlandville.

Ledger struck numerous street signs and trees and drove through yards in an attempt to avoid police custody. He crashed his vehicle on Ames Road in the town of Homer after failing to make a curve, crashing into several trees.

Ledger was not injured in the incident.

He was arraigned in Cortlandville Town Court on the charges and sent to the Cortland County Jail without bail.