Ithaca Men Facing Charges Following Traffic Stop By SUNY Cortland Police
SUNY Cortland University Police have arrested two Ithaca men following a traffic stop early Sunday morning.
According to a press release from the SUNY UPD, around 3 o'clock Sunday morning officers stopped a vehicle for failing to stop at the intersection of West Court Street and and Graham Ave.
During the stop it was determined that the driver 55 year old James Bentkowski, of Ithaca was impaired by alcohol and drugs.
Officers found Bentkowski in possession of methadone and stimulants, he was charged with a misdemeanor count of D-W-I, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs (misdemeanor), two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and failure to stop at a stop sign.
Bentkowski was arraigned in Cortland City Court and remanded to Cortland County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash or $25,000 bond.
Police also charged a passenger in Bentkowski’s vehicle, 22 year old Jonathan Sanchez, of Ithaca is accused of interfering with the arrest and investigation.
While officers were questioning Sanchez he attempted to flee, after a brief foot chase Sanchez was apprehended. Sanchez initially identified himself as another person, but his true identity was revealed during the booking process.
Sanchez was charged with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and criminal impersonation; all misdemeanors.. Sanchez was remanded to Cortland County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.