Authorities seek driver who fled police in Cortland County

CORTLAND, N.Y. — The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a man who managed to evade authorities on two different occasions on New Year’s Day.

At around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers stopped a vehicle for speeding on Route 41 in the town of Scott. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver fled the scene.

The man continued driving south on Route 41 into Homer, then north on Route 41A into Cayuga County. Officers from the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office offered their assistance; however, the pursuit was discontinued due to the man’s erratic driving and poor road conditions.

Later that evening, at around 7:30 p.m., officers spotted the vehicle in the village of Homer and attempted to make another traffic stop. The driver fled the area through East Homer, Truxton, and Cuyler. Officers discontinued their pursuit once the driver entered Madison County.

Officers from Madison County and Chenango County later located the vehicle near Dublin Road and Lincklean Center Road in Madison County after it struck a parked car on Crumb Hill Road. The driver was nowhere to be found.

Authorities are still seeking the identity of the suspect. The vehicle is a blue 2009 Sonata, the sheriff’s office told CNYCentral.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office at 607-758-5537.