Update: Suspect in police chase identified as Homer man

Jakob M. Mueller, 21, of Homer (Cortland County Sheriff’s Office)

HOMER, N.Y. — The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office has identified the driver that twice fled from deputies New Year’s Day before striking a parked car in Madison County and fleeing for a third time.

A deputy first pulled over 21-year-old Jakob M. Mueller, of Homer, for speeding about 2:30 p.m. on Route 41 in Scott, according to a police press release issued Wednesday morning. When the deputy got out of his vehicle and walked toward the driver side window, Mueller took off, according to the office.

Mueller continued south on Route 41 into the Town of Homer, refused to stop again, and turned right on Route 41A, heading north. Deputies from the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office joined the chase as the driver crossed the County line, with officers from both agencies attempting to stop the driver.

Due to road conditions and Mueller’s “actions,” the officers stopped trying to pull the driver over, according to the release. Information on how Mueller was acting was not immediately available from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday afternoon. Weather conditions that afternoon were not available from the National Weather Service Wednesday evening.

Sheriff’s deputies spotted Mueller again at about 7:30 p.m. in the Village of Homer and tried to pull him over, according to the release. This time the driver fled on Route 13 through East Homer, Truxton and Cuyler while officers tried to pull the driver over. Before crossing the Madison County border into DeRuyter, deputies stopped pursuing the driver.

Later, Madison County and Chenango County police officers found Mueller’s vehicle near the intersection of Dublin and Lincklaen Center roads in Lincklaen, Madison County, according to the release. Mueller had struck a parked car on Crumb Hill Road in DeRuyter and fled the scene of the accident before abandoning his vehicle near the intersection in Lincklaen, according to the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office.

Police are looking for Mueller and request anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 607-758-5537.

Further details were not available Wednesday evening.