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State Police Canine Tracks Down Binghamton Man Hiding in Woods

A 26-year-old Binghamton man hiding in a wooded area after a traffic stop was located by a New York State Police dog.

Authorities say Raymond Pirela was a passenger in a car that was pulled over Saturday night on Griswold Street on Binghamton’s East Side.

City police say Pirela, who lives on Linden Street, ran from the vehicle and fled across railroad tracks to Montgomery Street.

Binghamton officers set up a perimeter and awaited a state trooper who brought his canine partner Wheeler.

Wheeler helped track Pirela to some thick woods near the Agway Store on Broad Avenue.

Police say Pirela was charged with obstructing governmental administration, criminal trespass and marijuana possession.

Pirela also had been wanted on a bench warrant issued by Binghamton City Court for aggravated unlicensed operation.

Police say the driver of the vehicle that had been stopped — 29-year-old Rafael Marquez of Conklin Avenue — was charged with weapon possession, aggravated unlicensed operation and marijuana possession.

Bob Joseph/WNBF News

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