INTERSTATE 390: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports a pursuit on Interstate 390 as part of Operation Safe Interstate following the allegation of switched plates on a motor vehicle.
On Thursday August 15, 2019 at approximately 8:25 pm, Deputy Jerry Pilkenton was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative when he attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Exit 9 on Interstate 390 for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic
The operator of the vehicle failed to comply with the Deputy Sheriff’s emergency lights and siren and attempted to flee from the Deputy reaching speeds in excess of 90 mph. Several members of the Sheriff’s Office and State Police responded to the area and assisted with the
During the pursuit, it is alleged the driver of the suspect vehicle intentionally swerved at one of the pursuing Deputy Sheriff’s vehicles and caused damage to the patrol car. Deputy Bryan Mann was able to get positioned in the area of Exit 6 on Interstate 390 and deployed stop
sticks, which were struck by the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle’s tires were flattened and the vehicle was stopped shortly after.
Once the car was stopped, the driver and three occupants were taken into custody. All four were identified as juveniles from the Rochester and Medina areas, with ages ranging from 14 years old to 16 years old. There were no injuries to any Deputy Sheriffs or occupants of the
suspect vehicle. The names of the juveniles are being withheld due to their ages.
Further investigation revealed that the juvenile driver had an active warrant from the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), a juvenile passenger had an active warrant from the Rochester Police Department, and another juvenile passenger was a missing person from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver of the vehicle was charged as an Adolescent Offender as part of New York State’s new “Raise the Age” legislation. The driver was charged with Unlawful Fleeing Police in a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree, four (4) counts of Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree, felony Criminal Mischief in the 3rd, Reckless Driving, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and numerous violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. Due to the newly enacted legislation, the driver was not arraigned (taken before a Judge) but instead issued appearance tickets and will return to answer the charges in Livingston County Youth Part Court at a later date. The driver was turned over to OCFS on the active warrant.
The juvenile wanted by the Rochester Police Department was turned over to RPD Officers and the missing juvenile from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was turned over to Monroe County Deputies. The fourth juvenile was released into the parent’s custody.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and the Forensic Identification Unit (FIU).
The investigation is continuing regarding the ownership of the vehicle and more charges are possible.