A Homer man is facing multiple charges a including possession of a stolen hand gun following a high-speed car chase that started in Cortland this morning and ended on Albany Street just outside the village of Homer.
Just before 6:30 this morning City Police began a pursuit involving a pickup truck.
The chase started when City Police stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation, during the stop it was determined that the driver 24 year old Matthew Perry of Route 41, Homer was operating without a license. Officers attempted to take him into custody and he drove off.
Perry lead police down Madison Street to Route 281 at speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour blowing through stop signs and traffic signals, he then fled north on 281 into Homer, where turned down James Street and then on to Main Street.
Perry fled back into Cortland with multiple police units in pursuit. Perry made his way through the city and eventually wound up back on Route 281 headed northbound. Came back down Route 11 into Homer, where a Cortland County Sheriff’s Deputy was positioned near the intersection of Albany Street. The deputy deployed a spike strip that deflated all four tires on Perry’s Toyota Tundra pick-up.
Perry traveled up Albany Street; he’s accused of sideswiping a State Police cruiser before he finally stopped his truck, just outside the village limits.
Perry was forced out of the vehicle at gun point, and was handcuffed as he lay on the ground next to his vehicle.
No injuries were reported, police have recovered a handgun that was in the truck, Perry is accused of tossing the weapon out of his truck during the pursuit. The .40 caliber handgun was reported stolen out of Chenango County.
Perry is facing 30 separate traffic tickets in addition to criminal charges including felony counts of weapons possession, possession of stolen property, criminal tampering with evidence, and reckless endangerment for nearly striking a police officer. He is also facing a string of misdemeanor charges as well, including driving under the influence of drugs, and drug possession. Police found him in possession of the drug methamphetamine.
Perry was awaiting arraignment today and further charges are pending.
Perry has a prior criminal history he was convicted of burglary and criminal contempt here in Cortland County back in 2007, he was sentenced to spend three years in prison, he was paroled in 2009.
Perry was arriagned in Cortland City Court and sent to the County Jail and held without bail, he's due back in Court Friday.