Motorcycle chase yields arrest of Marathon parolee

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A Marathon man wanted for violating his parole led police on a dangerous pursuit early Thursday (October 22) morning on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

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Forty-nine year-old Samuel C. Merihew Jr., of Piety Ridge Road, was observed just past 2 am by a city of Cortland police sergeant near Washington Street, after officers were tipped on his location.

He was also rumored to be in possession of a handgun.

The CPD sergeant approached Merihew when he pulled into the 7/11 parking lot on North Main Street in the city. After giving a false name, he began reaching into his jacket despite orders to keep his hands in sight.

Fearing that he may be reaching for a weapon, the sergeant grabbed his arm and became entangled in his jacket as he put his bike into gear and peeled away from the parking lot.

The officer was dragged behind the motorcycle for 30 to 40 feet, suffering minor bruising to his knees and elbow.

A chase ensued that involved a number of area police agencies.

Merihew eventually ended up in a cornfield and tried fleeing on foot before being taken into custody.

His charges from city police include Reckless Endangerment 1st (F), Obstruction of Governmental Administration (M), Assault 2nd (F), Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer 3rd (M) and numerous vehicle and traffic violations.

Additionally, he faces charges for crimes committed outside the City.

He’s currently being held at CCJ. No information on his next appearance is yet available.

The sergeant has since returned to full duty.

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