Details emerged yesterday (June 5) regarding a hit-and-run arrest made Tuesday in Broome County. State Police now have in their custody 25-year-old John Mehne, from Ithaca and Sarasota, FL, after a series of disturbing crimes he committed throughout the day, including a hit-and-run, several burglaries and the killing of a family dog.
Just before 10 a.m., Troopers responded to a hit-and-run call on Interstate-81 in Kirkwood and found an empty 2016 Audi that was reported stolen in Sarasota.
Investigation revealed that Mehne was driving erratically in the northbound direction when he struck a guide rail. He then got out of the vehicle and, as traffic slowed down, attempted unsuccessfully to jump on the back of a van before jumping into the back of an unsuspecting pick-up.
The driver then pulled over to the shoulder and Mehne ran off into the woods.
But it didn’t stop there.
Shortly after 4 p.m., Police received a call that Mehne had broken into a chicken coop on Duell Road and was slaughtering them with an axe. When the owner confronted him, Mehne threatened him with the axe, then stole one of his ATV’s and once again fled.
Eventually, one of the K9’s eventually caught up to Mehne, who was found naked in a different chicken coop on Springer Road and taken into custody after being treated for a bite from the K9.
Police later discovered that Mehne committed a number of other crimes along the way–burglarizing one residence on Springer Road; tampering lattice under the deck of another. He even reportedly killed a family dog at one of the homes he broke into that was otherwise unoccupied.
Mehne was remanded and sent to Broome County Jail on no bail. The investigation is still ongoing and more charges are possible.
Authorities are working with the Broome County District Attorney’s Office and also ask anyone who had damage to their property in the area or who finds any property or clothing in the area to call (607) 775-1241.