A Chenango County man is facing numerous charges after leading authorities on a three-county chase, dumping his motorcycle in a yard in Whitney Point and taking off, attempting to elude law enforcement officers on foot.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)
Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)

Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting says the pursuit began on Monday in Smithville with deputies pursuing 27-year-old Austin Demuth of the Town of Guilford through Chenango, Cortland and Broome Counties before he jumped off the motorcycle on Route 79 and ran into a wooded area.

Chenango County Sheriff’s officials say Demuth was quickly apprehended and transported to Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center in Johnson City where he was treated hospital for minor injuries.

Authorities say Demuth is charged with Unlawful Fleeing police, Obstruction of Governmental Administration (in the Second Degree), Resisting Arrest and a list of traffic violations.

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Sheriff’s investigators say they also found Demuth was wanted on a warrant out of the Town of Norwich Court for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

According to Sheriff Cutting, the 27-year-old had been recently released on his own recognizance for numerous felony charges.

As the pursuit spanned several counties, there were a lot of law enforcement officers involved in the chase and in apprehending Demuth. Chenango County Sheriff’s officials were assisted by the New York State Police stationed in the Binghamton area.

Demuth was arraigned in the City of Norwich Court and sent to the Chenango County Jail without bail.

Authorities did not note what time the chase took place on Monday but indicated no other vehicles were involved and no injuries other than those sustained by Demuth during the pursuit.

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