Virgil man leads police on chase through three counties


CORTLAND, N.Y. — A Cortland County man was arrested Wednesday following a long police chase through two counties.

At around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a motorcyclist traveling west on Route 392 in the town of Lapeer for speeding.

The driver, later identified as 44-year-old Santo Oliver, continued driving west on Route 392 into Tompkins County before driving back in Cortland County and dumping his motorcycle at the intersection of Gee Hill Road and Route 392, near the Cortland/Tompkins County line, the sheriff’s office said.

Santo ran on foot from the scene into a nearby creek and wooded area, evading police for about an hour before he was found and handcuffed.

He was arraigned in Virgil Town Court on misdemeanor charges of unlawfully fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, driving without a license, and drug possession.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, the Dryden Police Department, the TC3 Police Department, and New York State Police assisted during and after