Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested an Ovid man on numerous charges after a vehicle pursuit on Wednesday night. Deputies responded at about 7:00 pm to Route 5, west of the Village of Waterloo, for a property damage accident in which a white pickup truck struck the rear of another pickup truck and then fled the scene. The white truck was later identified as a 1988 full size Chevrolet and had sustained heavy front end damage.
Later the truck was spotted by an off duty State Trooper driving recklessly at a high rate of speed on Route 96A in Fayette. A Sheriff’s Deputy also spotted the truck heading eastbound on Route 336 and activated his red lights and siren but the truck failed to stop and continued to drive at speeds of 80-85 miles an hour, sometimes on the wrong side of the road over hill crests, forcing other vehicles out of the way.
The vehicle continued south on Route 414 , and another marked Sheriff’s vehicle was northbound and the truck driver intentionally crossed completely across the road forcing the patrol car into the ditch, on Route 414 in Varick. The patrol car was able to continue to drive out of the ditch and did not sustain any damage.
The truck forced other vehicles off the road until the Sheriff’s vehicle used a pit maneuver and forced the truck off the road into a ditch to prevent any further danger. The truck came to rest on the east ditch on Route 414 in Romulus just south of Cayuga Street.
The driver then exited the vehicle and fled into the woods but was apprehended after a short foot chase by Sheriff’s Deputies.
The driver was identified as Loyd E Barnes, age 24 of 2071 West Seneca Street Lot 2 in Ovid.
Barnes was charged with Attempted Assault in the 1st degree. 4 counts of Reckless Endangerment in the first degree, Unlawful Fleeing of a police officer in a motor vehicle in the third degree, resisting arrest along with numerous Vehicle and traffic charges including reckless driving, speeding and failure to keep right.
Barnes was also on parole and charged with a parole violation.
He was arraigned in the Town of Lodi Court and committed on no bail to appear in Ovid Town Court on August 1st at 9:30 am.
Barnes was also issued tickets for leaving the scene of a property damage accident, following too close, and driving on the shoulder and is to appear in Waterloo Town Court on August 25th at 8:30 am to answer charges related to the original accident.
Deputies were assisted by the New York State Police . Deputies report that no injuries were sustained during the incident and only minor damage to one patrol car. Barnes’ vehicle also sustained minor damage from being pitted and was towed from the scene.
The Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation is continuing and are asking if anyone has any information or witnessed the incident to call the Sheriff’s Office at 315 539-9241.