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Tompkin-Cortland County Chase Results in Meth Arrests

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Charges are being filed in two counties following a chase August 2 during which the occupants of a vehicle were seen by authorities throwing so called ‘One Pot’ methamphetamine cooking devices out of the window of a fleeing vehicle. One item hit and damaged the grill of a pursuing squad car.

Tompkins County Sheriff’s officials began pursuing the car at around 2:16 a.m. on Route 392 in Dryden and the chase continued into Cortland County where authorities deployed a stop stick at Route 11 and Hoxie Gorge Road in the Town of Cortlandville.

The device deflated the tires, which caused the vehicle to leave the road and hit a small tree in the yard of a home.

The one of the 4 occupants of the suspect car had to be treated for minor injuries as a result of airbag deployment.

Another occupant ran off but was apprehended a short time later walking on Interstate 81 just east of the scene and taken into custody. Everyone in the car was arrested.

Their names have not been released as the investigation continues.

Authorities called the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Team and Environmental Services clean up team to recover the discarded meth pots and clean up the area of Route 392 between Owego Hill Road and the Hamlet of Virgil.

Officials say at least one of the charges will be felony unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory equipment.

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