Two people were injured in a crash last night (February 29) in Cortlandville, caused by a Syracuse teen attempting to flee police in a vehicle he stole just a short time earlier from Destiny USA Mall.
Lt. Michael Strangeway later identified the 16-year-old male as a resident of William George Agency in Freeville, who was in Syracuse on a home visit when he stole a a 2015 Dodge Caravan left running outside a store at the mall.
City police responded to Pomeroy street around 11 pm after a caller reported seeing the van driving erratically upon exiting Interstate 81.
They didn’t immediately find the vehicle, but determined by running its plates that it had been reported stolen earlier in the evening.
A chase began when officers saw the van pull out of the Sunoco gas station on Port Watson Street which refused to pull over, instead speeding westward on Tompkins Street and soon crashing into a 2005 Ford SUV that was stopped at a red light at the Route 13/281 intersection.
In that vehicle were a 23-year-old male and 21-year-old female, both of whom were injured.
The female was brought to Upstate for a rib fracture and head injury and the man was treated and released for a concussion.
After the crash, the van came to rest in the A&W parking lot and again tried to escape before finally stopping in a collision with the southside of the Salvation Army building.
The teen driver was treated for minor injuries at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center then arraigned on several charges including three felonies. He was later released back into the custody and care of the William George Agency.
Assisting city police at the scene were members of Cortlandville Fire, TLC ambulance, CCSO, NYSP and SUNY Cortland police.
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