Sheriff: Man arrested in Willet with stolen SUV

Jason M. McCrady, 23, of Chenango Forks

WILLET -- A report of a suspicious man walking along a rural Willet road on Tuesday afternoon led Cortland County Sheriff’s officers to arrest a Broome County man with a stolen SUV, according to the department.

Jason M. McCrady, 23, of Chenango Forks, was arrested after deputies were called to investigate a suspicious-acting man walking on foot along Route 26, according to a news release.

Officers discovered McCrady and determined he had run out of gas while driving a 2009 Hyundai SUV in the area, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies also discovered McCrady was driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol, police said. McCrady also had no driver’s license, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The SUV had Virginia license plates and when deputies ran a check on them, it was discovered the SUV was stolen from a Virginia owner, according to the release.

McCrady was charged with felony criminal possession of stolen property and felony, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor, and unlicensed operator, a traffic infraction.

McCrady was arraigned Tuesday in Willet Town Court and released under the new bail reform laws enacted Jan. 1. He is scheduled to reappear at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in Willet Town Court.