Authorities find pipe bomb, meth after high-speed chase in Cortlandville

Brian A. Deamer, of Harrisville, N.Y. (Photo: Provided)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — A high-speed chase on Interstate 81 last month resulted in the discovery of a pipe bomb, methamphetamine, and a stolen motorcycle, New York State Police announced Wednesday.

On Sept. 19, a state trooper on I-81 spotted a Harley Davidson motorcycle operating at a high rate of speed while passing through the town of Cortlandville.

The trooper attempted to stop the motorcycle, but the man failed to comply, police said. The trooper ended the pursuit after deeming it was unsafe to continue in a work zone; however, he discovered the motorcycle crashed in the median of the highway in the town of Tully.

The trooper located 34-year-old Brian A. Deamer, of Harrisville, N.Y., who continued to resist arrest, police said.

Police learned that Deamer was driving a stolen motorcycle and in possession of an apparent pipe bomb and a small amount of methamphetamine.

Deamer was taken into custody with the assistance of another trooper and a highway road worker. He was charged with felonies of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree. He was also charged with misdemeanors of unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle in the third degree, reckless driving, driving while ability impaired by drugs, and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He was also issued numerous traffic tickets.

Deamer was arraigned in Cortlandville Town Court and remanded to the Cortland County Jail on $5,000 cash bail on the misdemeanor charges and no bail on the felony charges.

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