Two men are facing a slew of charges and over 50 traffic violations after embarking on a chaotic chase through various jurisdictions, all while capturing their escapade on a cell phone.

The incident took place on Friday, June 14, 2024, when the Broome County Sheriff's Office Road Patrol attempted a routine traffic stop on a blue Ford Expedition with an excessively loud exhaust in Binghamton.

Chaotic Chase Across Three Jurisdictions

Ignoring the attempts to pull them over, the vehicle sped away at a dangerously high speed, leading law enforcement on a pursuit through the City of Binghamton, the Town of Dickinson, and the Village of Johnson City. The driver careened through red lights, driving recklessly in opposing lanes, and even mounted sidewalks in a bid to evade capture.

Driver Shows Disregard for Traffic Laws and Public Safety

Authorities say the incident reached a dramatic climax near High Street in Johnson City, as the driver abruptly abandoned the still-moving vehicle and fled on foot. While officers gave chase to the driver, they apprehended James A. Baker Jr., a 52-year-old from Binghamton, who was found seated in the passenger seat and immediately taken into custody. The driver, identified as Lance W. Rosler, 54, was soon discovered hiding inside an apartment on High Street and also placed under arrest.

Passenger Captures Chaotic Pursuit on Cell Phone Video

Police report that a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a bag containing a white crystalline substance, later confirmed to be methamphetamine, within Rosler's backpack. A pivotal piece of evidence was also uncovered - a cell phone containing video footage of the entire pursuit, filmed by Baker. The recording captures Baker actively encouraging the driver to evade the authorities and providing directions throughout the chase.

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Multiple Charges and Traffic Violations Leveled Against Fleeing Suspects

In the aftermath of the incident, Lance W. Rosler faced a slew of charges, including Reckless Endangerment, Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and numerous traffic violations across the jurisdictions traveled. James A. Baker Jr. was charged with Conspiracy and Hindering Prosecution offenses.

Baker Receives Appearance Tickets while Rosler Remains in Custody

While James A. Baker Jr. was released after receiving appearance tickets, Lance W. Rosler remains in custody at the Broome County Correctional Facility pending further legal proceedings.

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